I’ve written an article on flatfoot dancer Rebecca Stout for the March issue of the San Diego Troubadour. It’s been a real treat working with Rebecca for several years now at concerts and festivals. A few weeks ago, I sat down and had a long talk about her history of dancing and singing and making music growing up in the Deep South and now on the West Coast where she lives. We’re putting on a special show at Kalabash as part of my American Folk Music concert series on March 11th at Kalabash School of Music & The Arts.
On March 11th, The G Burns Jug Band is teaming up with the Hutchins Consort for a FREE concert at Encinitas Public Library at 11am. The Consort is a truly unique group of eight exceptional string musicians playing exceptional instruments. In the 1950s and 1960s American violinmaker Carleen Hutchins designed a group of 8 violins with complementary ranges spanning the musical spectrum from low to high. The instruments are today celebrated as masterpieces of acoustical design and luthiery, and have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Hutchins’ legacy and instruments are today preserved and celebrated by the Consort, based in Encinitas. I’ve been busily arranging old ragtime, blues, and jazz works to highlight the ensemble’s stellar musicians. Repertoire will pull from rarely heard compositions of Louisville’s Dixieland Jug Blowers, Clifford Hayes, as well as other treats like a ragtime mandolin concerto, and a classical banjo piece. This will be a truly unique concert that you will not want to miss. Plus, ITS FREE!
Check them out shredding here. Theses folks know how to drag a bow.
I’m excited to announce the first round of concerts I’m organizing for a 2017 series showcasing the wealth of talented roots and traditional musicians in Southern California. Concerts will be held on the second Saturday of every odd month in 2017 and will feature an opening set from me followed by a featured guest. The venue, Kalabash School of Music and The Arts, is an exceptionally intimate one – small enough to require no amplification – which will certainly make these shows unforgettable! Check out this incredible lineup of guests:
January 14: Lady Rogo. It can be tough standing out amongst San Diego’s crop of fine country blues guitarists, but Lady Rogo has been making waves and getting everyone’s attention since arriving from Boston in early 2016. Come hear her renditions of ragtime and country blues classics and her original material that draws from them. Website.
March 11: Rebecca Stout. Based in Culver City, Rebecca Stout performs and promotes the dance and song of her native Alabama and Appalachian South. Her work as a teacher of flatfoot dancing, or buckdancing, has earned her a spot in the National Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. The jug band has been fortunate to perform with her on multiple occasions (including the show in Birmingham I wrote about in our tour report!). Website.
May 13: Echo Mountain String Band. Exceptional banjo, fiddle, and guitar playing makes this trio a real treat for fans of classic stringband and fiddle music of Virginia and North Carolina. Tim McNalley and I jammed with them at the Goleta Old Time Festival and were blown away! Soundcloud.
July 8th: High Life Cajun Band. Old-school Louisiana Cajun music is rarely heard in Southern California, and is rarely played this well anywhere you go! High Life pulls together players from a number of LA’s finest old time bands to play this especially fun and beautiful dance music featuring accordion and sometimes twin fiddle accompanied by guitar and triangle. One listen to their excellent recordings will convince you that you need to hear this band! Bandcamp.
The Darling Brothers made their festival debut at the 43rd annual Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Goleta. It was an honor to be invited by David Bragger, one of Los Angeles’ (and the country’s) great old time evangelists. David runs the Old Time Tiki Parlour record label which is producing great CD and DVD releases of some of the country’s great old time practitioners. It was a long drive for Tim and I but well worth it, if only for the amazing talent with whom we were fortunate enough to share the stage.
After our set, I entered the banjo competition in the advanced division and was awarded 3rd place for my performance of ‘Pigtown Fling’! The bronze victory was short-lived as I was promptly bitten on the lip by a yellow jacket. The ensuing fat lip will forever be enshrined in the Goleta hall of greats thanks to my award photo.
The Jug Band recently returned from an amazing trip which took me from New Orleans to my hometown in Kentucky, and included a performance at the National Jug Band Jubilee! It was a beautiful time and I wrote about it for the band’s newsletter. Read it here and consider subscribing at the top left for future updates.