The Toe-Tappin’ Truth

As my about page< attests, I like all kinds of music: punk, metal, industrial, classical, rock, rap, and just about any alternative therewith or without.

But it seems that whenever I listen to Bluegrass more than any other genre, I always find myself thinking…

Now that’s music.

Ralph Stanley, a legend of the genre, died recently. Most probably never heard of him. Those who have, probably heard of him because of the fantastic movie “O Brother Where Art Thou.” His presence and influence on the music scene cannot be overstated. He will be missed.

But probably my favorite Bluegrass (or Newgrass as they sometimes get categorized) band is Hackensaw Boys. I happened to see them live early in this century when they opened up for another one of my favorite bands, Cake, at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I’ve been a devoted fan ever since. The band has changed a lot over the years (one of the founding members joined Modest Mouse (another favorite of mine) in 2004) but they are still rockin’ it with their unique, toe-tappin’ Bluegrass sound.

Damn. Now that’s music…


5 Replies to “The Toe-Tappin’ Truth”

  1. Huge Cake fan and also a fellow lover of bluegrass, although I’d never heard of Ralph Stanley. Nice clip.

    I listen to a wide range of music too, but yeah, play me something with a fiddle and a banjo and I’m happy to sit down on the shady grass sipping something out of a mason jar all day long and listen contentedly.

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  2. I too got acquainted with Ralph Stanley through “O Brother Where Art Thou”, but delved a little deeper because my guy was already a fan. Was sorry to hear Ralph was gone a couple of weeks ago. Bluegrass is one of my fave musical forms, but also appreciate some of the side roads it takes into modernity, such as the “Skip Hop & Wobble” CD (Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, and Edgar Meyer). The Hackensaw Boys sound like they have a little bit of jug band mixed in. Don’t hear much jug band nowadays.



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