Wintergrass 2014 will have the guitar duo of Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage. Bluegrass fans will be familiar with Chris from his guitar playing with the Seldom Scene (Chris is the son of Ben Eldridge the banjo player in the Seldom Scene),The Infamous Stringdusters and The Punch Brothers. Eldridge earned a degree in music performance at Oberlin Conservatory and during that time he studied guitar with Tony Rice. Aside from his regular band commitments with his current band The Punch Brothers he has played with a variety of musicians including Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Paul Simon, John Paul Jones, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Del McCoury among others.
Julian Lage is a guitarist whose release “Sounding Point” received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Jules at Eight” Julian also has played in a trio appearances with fiddle master Mark O’Connor (also collaborating with the violinist’s group, “Hot Swing”) and bass giant John Patitucci playing in the traditional Americana style. Lage’s recording debute was on Dawg Duos (1999), featuring David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and more at age 11.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLH7gk0sJfk Take alook at this clip of the duo performing the Seldom Scenes “Mean Mother Blues”
With the Coen Brothers’ new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, about to revitalize how we see the 1960s folk revival, the time is now for a new look at this revival’s origins, and one of the key players there was the hobbit-ish mad genius Harry Smith. An occultist, a folklorist, a psychedelic artist, a filmmaker, a collector; Harry Smith was all of these things, and all of these things played a part in forming his magnum opus: the 6 LP collection The Anthology of American Folk Music. Built from his personal collection of 78rpm records and arranged in an arcane vision of modern sociology, the Anthology introduced America to folk, roots, and blues luminaries like Clarence Ashley, The Carter Family, Dock Boggs, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Charlie Poole, and many more. The Anthology sparked the 1960s folk revival, as the haunted sounds of a lost America poured out of the stereos of college students and young activists. Beyond the music, the artwork and liner notes of the Anthology stood out as equally influential for their wit, post-modern art, and alignment with occult philosophies. Far from a simple grabbag of old sounds, The Anthology of American Folk Music synthesized the many streams of American tradition into a swift river of lost knowledge, a torrent that dragged along so many intellectual and artistic leaders in the 60s and beyond. It’s impossible to understand American folk music without understanding the power of Harry Smith’s Anthology.
Join KEXP’s Greg Vandy for a special annual evening at Columbia City Theatre to showcase the vision of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music with some of the finest performers in the Northwest and special guest old-timey visionary Frank Fairfield. Each performer will perform 2 songs drawn from the Anthology in their own way. Greg Vandy will host the evening and provide fascinating background on the strange philosopher-saint Harry Smith.