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Tangleweed to play WAKARUSA Festival

By Scott. Filed under: GigBlog, TweedBlog.


We are very pleased to announce that we will be playing two sets on two different stages at this year’s Wakarusa Festival in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, June 10.

Wakarusa runs all weekend. We’ll be playing in Green Bay at The Heritage Farm Fest on Fri/Sat, then shooting down to Lawrence for the Sunday sets at Wakarusa. Should be quite a weekend.

This is without a doubt the largest, most diverse festival lineup we’ve ever been invited to play, featuring names like Sam Bush, Les Claypool, Little Feat, Tom Morello and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Rest assured Tangleweed will focus our rage against the machine in the most blue and lonesome ways imaginable.

We will perform on the BEACH and HOMEGROWN stages on Sunday afternoon (watch the SHOWS page for exact details as they come clear).

Thanks to the good folks at Wakarusa for the support and we’ll see you in Lawrence!

Oh, and for those of you wondering, the term Wakarusa is a Native American phrase meaning “ass deep”, which is about how deep the Wakarusa river is.


Ernest Stoneman singing All I Got’s Gone

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog.

Ernest Stoneman recorded extensively in the 1920s for a variety of labels, but like many performers of that era, his recording career didn’t survive the Depression. Stoneman lapsed into poverty and obscurity until the 1950s folk revival renewed interest in his work. Stoneman enjoyed a second career playing music with some of his 23 children, as the Stoneman Family.

All I Got’s Gone (MP3)

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Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers play White House Blues

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog.

White House Blues has long been a standard in the string band repertoire, but one would be hard pressed to find a finer performance than this. It was recorded in New York in 1926 for Columbia. Poole plays banjo, Roy Harvey is on guitar, and Posey Rorer is the fiddler.

White House Blues (MP3)

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Joe Bussard: Desperate Man Blues

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

I just watched a very enjoyable documentary about Joe Bussard, “King of the Record Collectors”. If you have any reissues of prewar country, jazz, or blues, the chances are good that you are listening to Joe Bussard’s record collection. A luddite’s luddite, Bussard also ran the world’s last 78rpm record label.


Merle Travis, Joe Maphis and Larry Collins play Wildwood flower

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

Three guitarists, five necks. Then three guitarists, two necks, one guitar. Crimony.


Junior Brown playing Sugarfoot Rag

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

Junior Brown is one of the most mind-blowing guitarists I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. Here’s an old Austin City Limits clip of him playing Sugarfoot Rag, a well-worn instrumental ditty that he transforms into an eight minute freakout.

Hey loser–want a scholarship?

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog.

SubPop records has announced the launch of a new scholarship program, dubbed the “Loser Scholarship”, to be awarded to an artistically inclined highschool senior. Details are available on SubPop’s website:

Loser Scholarship

Doc Watson sings Careless Love

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

Here’s a Clip of Doc Watson, Clint Howard, and Fred Price singing Careless love with Pete Seeger on Pete’s Rainbow Quest program. Pete encourages the home audience to sing along. The song is often credited to the seminal composer W.C. Handy, though both the melody and lyrics may predate the copyright of his composition.