“A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, power-lines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there. I may never in my life get to Alaska, for example, but I’m grateful that it’s there. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.” ~ Edward Abbey from Desert Solitaire
Tom Russell – The Ballad of Edward Abbey
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Over the years I’ve seen and hard many bands, but ever so often, I come across something that borders on the super-natural. Kan’ Nal is just such a band. Originally from Guatemala, they moved to, and toured mostly around the Boulder, Colorado area. They describe their music as “Tribal Psychedelic Rock” Continue reading
Predecessor to Finger style Blues Guitar: Before the days of “Delta Blues” guitar players, there was a finger style country music that became known as the “Piedmont Blues” style of guitar pickin’. Other players, famous for technique were Elizabeth “Libba” Cotton, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Willie McTell, just to name a few.
This is a video of musician, folklorist, and musicologist David Holt, interviewing Etta Baker. Etta explains the history of the style that was predominant in the 1800, predating Rag Time, Blues, and Jazz. She learned guitar from her father who was a link to that historical past in American music.
JR is a street artist from France. His mission is to create a global art project called Inside Out. He has been all over the world taking photos of people in their communities, enlarging them, and posting them as billboards.
Occasionally, I hear classical music lovers making the criticism that there aren’t any great contemporary composers of symphonic music. These astute music lovers seem to be listening with an exclusionary bias. If Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart were alive today… I’d wager, they’d be doing the same thing as the composers of today. They’d be composing scores for Continue reading