Traditional Music Archive

Monday Music: “Leaving Eden” by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

The grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops‘ recent album Leaving Eden has been hailed as the one of the best and most important roots albums of the year. It’s their fourth album, and like their previous recordings, draws on the African American string band tradition while mixing in modern vocal styles, rhythms, and nuance. Today’s Monday Music features one
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Monday Music: Jim and Kim Lansford

Late last week we heard from our friend’s Mike and Rachel Luster that musician Jim Lansford passed away at his home in Missourri. He was an amazing fiddler, banjo player, and flat picker. His harmonies with wife Kim Lansford were so tightly woven and beautiful. Thanks to Mike and Rachel, we first had the opportunity
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Monday Music: “See That My Grave is Kept Clean.”

Last Friday we posted about the cemetery photography of Ozark artists Sabine Schmidt and Don House and their effort to capture the various ways the living respond to the burial sites of the dead.  Their photos pose questions about the nature of memory and space, leaving us to ask ourselves:what does it mean to care
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Feeling the Music: The River City Drum Corps.

The Boiled Down Juice explores concepts of community tradition, community action, and creative living, among many other things. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!  Last week we posted about the Kentucky Community Scholars Reunion and mentioned Ed White and the River City Drum Corps. We’ve had the chance to see the Drum Corps in a few
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Friday Video(s): Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

This week’s Friday Video deviates a bit from our usual movie and documentary previews.  We hope you don’t mind. This past week Gillian Welch and David Rawlings played in at the Performing Arts Center in Germantown, Memphis Tennessee.  It was the last show of their tour. It was, of course, amazing.  They played a nice
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Rest in Peace, Doc Watson

Doc Watson, flat picker and singer, passed away yesterday at the the age of 89.   His intricate guitar playing changed the way many musicians approached the instrument, and led to many of the flat picking styles we know today. To read more about Doc Watson and his influence, read the New York Times obit
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Friday Video: The Big Squeeze

Non-profit organization Texas Folklife has been in operation for twenty-five years, working to preserve and present the living heritage and diversity of the state.   They lead apprenticeships, engage in community education, and produce various forms of media that showcase and support Texas’s rich cultural heritage. A few ago at the Folklorists in the South retreat, I
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Monday Music: Allison Williams

This weekend at the Meadowcreek Roundtable near Fox, Arkansas, cultural workers, bioregionalists, musicians, a small herd of laughing toddlers, artists, and some all-around wonderful people met to discuss how to make our work sustainable, holistic, and interconnected. More on this retreat and the discussions, participants, and conversations in the near future. One of the people
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Monday Music: “Black is the Color,” Nina Simone, 1969

It’s a wonderful day for Nina Simone.  But then again, every day is a wonderful day for Nina Simone. Here’s an amazing live version of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.”            
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Friday Video: The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music.

The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music, a film by Beth Harrington, is now in post production! It’s impossible to overestimate the influence the Carter family had, and continues to have, on country, roots, and traditional music. Mother Maybelle’s guitar playing revolutionized the instrument and she popularized the auto-harp,
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