Monday, May 16, 2011

Another Resource for Fiddlin'

My fiddle teacher back in the day Carolyn Osbourne (formerly Carolyn Cutler) has set this site up. Some of these songs, a bunch actually I have also included my own versions so you can listen to hers as well. I know some students were asking about this site. Check it out.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Railroad Earth and Nickel Creek

Here is an example of a "Newgrass" group called Railroad Earth. The addition of a drumset takes this away from traditional bluegrass but the old sounds are still there with the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin.

The next video is from Nickel Creek. This band varies in my opinion because the songs don't sound bluegrass or very "country". The instruments are similar with upright bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, but the sound is very modern. One thing they use very well is vocal harmonies which is reminiscent of bluegrass for sure. Check this song called "Speak", one of my personal favorite groups of all time. p.s. -- you may recognize the mandolin player Chris Thile from The Punch Brothers (previously posted video).

Trampled By Turtles "Wait So Long"

This is another example of a "Newgrass" group called Trampled By Turtles. Definitely a lot of influence of traditional bluegrass with a slight twist. These guys are really young too so you know they are generations away from the bluegrass of the old ways they can't help but be influenced by so many modern groups.

Ashokan Farewell

Every time you hear a fiddle tune it may be played differently, this is pretty close to the version that I have come to know but it varies a tiny bit in some of the rhythms. Enjoy.

The Punch Brothers

This group uses traditional bluegrass instruments and though they sometimes play traditional bluegrass tunes most of what they play is original songs with influences ranging from Radiohead-like rock to jazz. Some may call this style "newgrass" because it breaks the and expands on what traditional bluegrass instruments grouped together can do.