Music for the times

 Posted by on March 7, 2009  Add comments
Mar 072009

Economic depression has little to recommend it, but it always gives rise to interesting new musical forms based on themes of misery and starvation.  I was chatting to Mr Darwin recently, and he told me that he was involved in a new band, appropriate to the climate we now experience.

They’ll be playing lots of lonely Dobro music and all their instruments will be authentic to the depression-era.  They might even have home-made fiddles.

Dustbowl music.  I love it.

I hope it turns out like the eponymous album, Ry Cooder, which was packed with gems from America’s Great Depression, and contained many cast-iron classics, including Pig Meat by Huddie Ledbetter, Woody Guthrie’s Do Re Mi and this Alfred Reed classic.

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    Jesus! Tell everybody why don’t you. Now we’ll have to actually go through with the darn thing.


    Excellent video, never saw that before. Incredible slide guitar piece; master class.


    I would love to be in this band or even just jam. Please may I bring my fiddle Mr Darwin. Me old grandafther made a fiddle out of the back of a chair so I have some genetic carpentry thing going on too ;) – no but really its a great idea. Catch me in Dolans at the session on a Tuesday. Joanne

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