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The Dillards play Banjo in the Hollow

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

The reunited Dillards play one of their most famous songs at a festival in Denmark in 1999. Tangleweed recorded this song (as ‘Banjo in the Holler’) on our first record, Just a Spoonful.


Bascom Lamar Lunsford plays Little Turtle Dove

North Carolina-born Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a multi talented musician whose extensive repertoire of traditional songs made him a valuable source for folklorists and song collectors. He made his first recordings for a collector in 1922. His first commercial recordings came in 1922, with what would become his most famous song: I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground. This tune, Little Turtle Dove is an assemblage of commonplace verses, and was recorded in 1928 for the Brunswick label.

Little Turtle Dove

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Dave Apollon plays Mandolin

By Scott. Filed under: TweedBlog, video. Tags:

This is a pretty incredible display of what can be done with a mandolin by Dave Appolon, who Jethro Burns called the Reigning Master of the Mandolin. Victor Borge is on piano.

The tune, Hora Staccato (1906) is “a virtuoso violin showpiece by GrigoraÅŸ Dinicu, who wrote it for his graduation in 1906 from the Bucharest Conservatory, and performed it at the ceremony” (according to Mexmando on Youtube).


Killdozer plays Knuckles (the Dog who Helps People)

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

More YouTube goodness featuring Madison’s finest.


1910 photograph of Logan Square baseball player

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: OffTopic, TweedBlog.

This is a photograph from the Chicago Daily News collection housed at the Chicago Historical Society. I came across it via the American Memory Project. It shows a baseball player from Logan Square’s team, F. Evanston, wearing his home uniform. I show it here for one simple reason: as a Logan Square resident and neighborhood booster, I want one of those uniforms. The logo is pretty dang cool.


Moron Garage Hot Sauce

By Scott. Filed under: OffTopic.

My former boss and good friend Jay Goodwin has a burgeoning hot-sauce company in NJ called Moron Garage.

He sent me a bottle from Batch #1 last year and it was excellent – quite nice and hot, but not salty or vinegary, with just enough fruitiness to seem exotic, but not enough to deprive it of it’s complete and utter manly nature.  Jay just wrote to tell me about their new 10k square foot facility, where they soon intend to start cooking and bottling large batches.  Here’s my favorite quote from his email:

The big challenge was getting the steam kettle up to temperature as quick as we need it to.  We had to build an immersion heater encased in what we affectionately call the ‘Dr. Suess Machine’ to deliver the 8 KW needed for fast heating.  When we turn this thing on, lights dim from Maine to Florida!  We want to paint this thing with black red and white stripes to fit with the Dr. Suess theme.

I am most definitely going to have to pay these guys a visit next time I’m near NJ.

They’ve got a full-blown Sales and Distribution plan in the works, so keep an eye out for them if you like the hot stuff as much as I do.  And should you contact them directly, please send Tanglweed’s warm regards.

The Story of Tony Rice’s Martin D28

By Scott. Filed under: GeneralMusic.

Tony Rice plays the most infamous Martin D28 in the world, formerly owned by his hero Clarence White.

I’ve read the guitar’s story in various contexts over the years, and recently located this good online synopsis:

…very interesting reading whether you are a guitar player or not. This guitar has been through the ringer over several decades, yet it continues to be Tony Rice’s primary instrument, and Tony Rice continues to be regarded as the greatest flat-picking guitarist on planet Earth.

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Beautiful photos of the Cincinnati subway system

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: OffTopic, TweedBlog.

I bet you didn’t even know that there was a Cincinnati subway system. In fact, I’d wager that most people in Cinci don’t know that there’s a subway system under their feet. Construction began on the 16-mile system in 1920. When work stopped in 1925, several miles of tunnels had been dug, and six stations had been built. In addition, there were several miles of surface line that were graded. No part of the system was ever brought into operation, though. No track was ever installed, and no cars were ever ordered.

There have been several attempts to bring the system online, but Cincinnatians, being the fine, red-blooded Americans they are, generally suspect that public transportation is an insidious communist plot, and have crushed these efforts like so many squirrels beneath their SUVs. If you’ve not spent much time in Cinci, consider this: Jerry Springer was once their mayor. Now consider this: he was one of their more distinguished political leaders. A more typical recent product is ethically challenged turd Bob Taft. Or Skeletor-impersonating second district congresswoman Jean Schmidt. But I digress.

There are two great sites with more information about the Cinci subway system. There’s an Infiltration-style site with beautiful pictures: Excepting for repeated misspellings of Cincinnati (e.g. ‘Cincinnatti’), it’s very well done.

And then there’s a, which covers the issue with admirable historical depth.

So what does this have to do with bluegrass? Ummm…. Cincinnati is a city on the Ohio river, which borders the State of Kentucky. Kentucky is known as the “Bluegrass State”. So there you go, I guess.