Sunday, February 28, 2010

American Roots Music

Many Roots musicians do not consider themselves to be folk musicians; the main difference between the American folk music revival and American "Roots music" is that Roots music seems to cover a slightly broader range, including blues and country.Roots musical forms reached their most expressive and varied forms in the first two to three decades of the 20th century. The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl were extremely important in disseminating these musical styles to the rest of the country, as Delta blues masters, itinerant honky tonk singers and Latino and Cajun musicians spread to cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The growth of the recording industry in the same approximate period was also important; increased possible profits from music placed pressure on artists, songwriters and label executives to replicate previous hit songs. This meant that fads like Hawaiian slack-key guitar never died out completely as rhythms or instruments or vocal stylings were incorporated into disparate genres. By the 1950s, all the forms of roots music had led to pop-oriented forms. Folk musicians like the Kingston Trio, pop-Tejano and Cuban-American fusions like boogaloo, chachacha and mambo, blues-derived rock and roll and rockabilly, pop-gospel, doo wop and R&B (later secularized further as soul music) and the Nashville sound in country music all modernized and expanded the musical palette of the country.The roots approach to music emphasizes the diversity of American musical traditions, the genealogy of creative lineages and communities, and the innovative contributions of musicians working in these traditions today. In recent years roots music has been the focus of popular media programs such as Garrison Keillor's public radio program A Prairie Home Companion and the feature film by the same name.

Bill Monroe - Uncle Pen:

Dr. Ralph Stanley - The Clinch Mountain Backstep:

Earl Scruggs - Fireball Mail:

Lester Flatt & Nashville Grass - Feudin' Banjos:

Kingston Trio - M. T. A.:

Pete Seeger - Little Boxes:

Woody Guthrie-This Land:

Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue:

Roots of Blues -- The Mississippi Sheiks:
The Mississippi Sheiks were a popular and influential guitar and fiddle group of the 1930s. They were notable mostly for playing country blues but were adept at many styles of United States popular music of the time, and their records were bought by both black and white audiences. Country blues is often seen as being the domain of individual musicians, a stereotype propagated by the way such delta blues performers as Robert Johnson and Charley Patton have entered the popular consciousness. Of the smaller number of groups playing at the time, the Mississippi Sheiks are among the better known and most influential among their peers.

Roots of Blues --Lead Belly ~ "Goodnight Irene":

Monday, February 15, 2010

Skinwalkers- Mysterious Lands

Another account of the mysterious Skinwalker Ranch in my home state of Utah.....

From the video:A Utah ranch in the United States has acquired the name 'skinwalker ranch' for multiple unexplained events. These include killer lights!!! Alien beings!!! portals!!! horrendous mutilations and bullet proof animals!!!!

The video includes an interview with George Knapp and Dr Colm kelleher who have both witnessed the strange happenings at the ranch.....

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