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I just came across a new upcoming DVD on Amazon, which is
from Pete Seeger's old "Rainbow Quest" show. #Shanachie is
putting it out, and it has Pete interviewing and performances
by the circa 1964 Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mt. Boys, and Doc Watson (on a subsequent show). #Carter & Ralph are
backed by George Shuffler on guitar. #The songs that I recall from that show have them singing "Worried Man Blues", "Roving Gambler" and "Single Girl". #They look much as they did when I met them a year later....Carter's hanging clothes betray his sudden weight loss due to the illness that was eventually to #take his life in 1966. #In spite of his failing health, Carter's voice was as good as ever here. This is an important DVD release of the Stanley Brothers, who were rarely captured on film/video. #I have already preordered my copy.
# # # #Ron Kaye
J. Mark Lane
Thanks for the heads up. The little bit of footage I have seen of the Brothers from that time period just made me want more. I'll be ordering mine now, thanks.
George Shuffler is amazing. Any film of him playing is priceless.
J. Mark Lane
Well, thanks to the tip here, I pre-ordered it from amazon, and it came yesterday. I'm watching it now. What tremendous footage. Pete Seeger does some really nice picking, not only on banjo but also on guitar (12 string). I had sort of forgotten how good he could sound. Very nice singing and playing.
Great footage of the Stanley Bros, with Carter (less than a year before he died). Several classics, including Worried Man and Ralph solo on Clinch Mtn Backstep.
Cousin Emmy--who was it said women didn't play bluegrass? Hot banjo pickin...and she plays the fiddle, too (and referred to a mandolin, which she said someone stepped on...ouch). And I don't think I've ever seen anyone play the ...uh, cheeks. Turkey in the Straw, on cheeks. Cool. And we were talking about Molly and Tinbrooks, no? Nice.
And the footage of Doc, with Clint Howard and Fred Price, is...uh, priceless (sorry). I saw Doc myself first time about six or seven years after this footage was made, in 1972 I think. This is wonderful stuff.
I wasn't even aware that this program had ever existed. But apparently Seeger hosted a TV show, and they didn't seem to know about lip sinking in those circles, so they had to really play. Nice.
Anybody interested in early Doc, Stanleys, etc....or just anybody interested in real, genuine original American folk music, should have this DVD. This is invaluable footage.
Mark, I got it a few weeks ago. posted earlier I have watched a bunch. Cousin Emmy is wild . #I have a few Reno/smiley shows featuring the stanleys. also some stanley brother shows. Shanachie as far as i have figured has the rights to the gannaway stuff also 50s opry with Bill Monroe Johnny and jack and lonzo and oscar.I sent an Email to them #awhile back to Put out the monroe stuff never got an answer. I have the whole set on DVD #I have traded and saved as much as I can. Some of the Folks who are getting the DVDs are getting the Johnny Cash roscoe holcomb , instead of the Doc watson , Stanley Brothers The discs are #labeled as Doc/ Stanleys yet you put in DVD and its Roscoe/Cash still very cool.Shanachie said they will fix. As I State So much They need to put out more of the old stuff. As tony rice says i can tell when someone listens to monroe and a hero of mine Jimmy martin. . http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif
from the site www.kingofbluegrass.com
March 4, 2005 update on The King Of Bluegrass !
From george goehl on the website
I spoke with Jimmy this evening. We had a really uplifting conversation. He told me how much he loved his fans and how much support he’s receiving from everyone in his life.
Jimmy said he’s not ready to leave this world and sounds like he’s going to keep fighting. I think all of us would expect nothing less from a man who has inspired so many with his straight talk and soulful singing.
Thanks to everyone who has sent notes, cards, and email messages to Jimmy and his family. They all appreciate the amazing outpouring of support.
I’ll do my best to keep you updated.
God bless Jimmy martin http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif