Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre:
Wandering Ramblers “44 Gun”

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

The songs of the Appalachian mountains formed the basis of what we know as "country music." Somewhere between the old-time music that formed around a dance hall (mostly instrumental, very little singing), and the postwar "bluegrass" sound that formed around a microphone (obviously for singing, but at a pace unsuited for square dancing), is the nether world inhabited in the 1990s by the Wandering Ramblers, a quintet that included banjoist-fiddler John Hermann, who has performed with bluegrass/country artist Tim O'Brien, among others. The band only recorded one album on cassette before parting ways. It has never been recorded to either compact disc or digital format, but is some of the finest of its genre -- fresh and original, yet truly authentic in its harkening back to an earlier time.

This selection is a favorite of yours truly.

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