Alan Jackson Unveils ‘Bluegrass Album’ Tunes in Nashville
Maybe the question should be: “O Brother,”Awhat hast thou begat? “‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’Aconquered the world for bluegrass music,” acknowledged the star and co-writer of “Broken Circle,”AJohan Heldenbergh, after a TheWrap’s awards-series screening Monday night at the Landmark. He added that he’d “be very honored” to cross paths with T Bone Burnett, the earlier movie’s music producer, as Burnett touts “Inside Llewyn Davis”Aon the awards circuit this season, “because he was one of the reasons why I started loving bluegrass.” Also read: TheWrap Screening Series: How Oscar Isaac’s Incredible Luck Made Him the Serially Unlucky ‘Llewyn Davis’ But although “Broken Circle Breakdown”Aeven borrows a key song from “O Brother,”Ait’s unlikely anyone will ever program the two films together on a revival-house double bill. In the new movie, Heldenbergh really does portray “a man of constant sorrow.” His character is an American music-loving musician whose seemingly idyllic marriage goes downhill after their daughter contracts cancer. AAlot of narrative time-jumping contrasts the leads’ present-day anguish and arguments with the happier and sexier times when they first fell in love (and lust) Ato the tune of Bill Monroe. The answer to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” is a rueful “no,” and if a sadder movie has ever been made, it’s possible no one has survived to tell the tale.
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Bluegrass and classical come together with the LMP
on Dec. 3 in the Rathskellar Room of the Colgate Inn. This special concert features bluegrass duo the Hamilton Ramblers and members of the Colgate Chamber Players. Comprised of guitarist John Crespi and mandolinist Dave Folta, the Hamilton Ramblers have graced the LMP stage in the past with their unique mix of bluegrass standards and specialty items. This new collaboration with the Chamber Players gives the duo a chance to flex their muscles on a classical repertoire as they sit in on Beethoven and Vivaldi pieces while the Chamber Players perform Paquito de Rivera and others. The LMP provides a venue where top local amateur musicians can play a full concert for an attentive audience.
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Bach, bluegrass, and blues: Savannah Music Festival coming up
But if the 54-year-old country star had his way, this night would have originally come during the Clinton era. Ive been trying to do [a bluegrass album] for 15 years, he said. It just seemed like every time we got in a position to start one, something else came up and it just never worked out. It almost happened in 2006, when he tapped Alison Krauss to produce his 13th studio albumLike Red on a Rose, with the initial intention of it being a bluegrass effort that ultimately went in a different direction. We ended up making an easy-listening mixture of stuff, Jackson recalled. It was a great album, but it didnt go anywhere close to bluegrass. Random Notes: 2013’s Hottest Rock Pics For Jackson, the wait was worth it. It feels like the time was right now, and my head was in the right place for it, to write the songs, he explained. Thats important, asThe Bluegrass Albumis a labor of love, not a vanity project for the singer.I just wanted to make it for me, to show my appreciation for bluegrass.
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Heres a taste of whats in store: On the festivals opening night, Georgia based gospel group Sweet Singing Harmony Harmoneers with share the stage with award winning high energy bluegrass group IIIrd Tyme Out, while across town The Takacs Quartet, known for their blend of drama, warmth, and humor in presenting classical music, mark their first appearance at the festival with an evening of works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartok. In another venue, banjo master Bela Fleck reunites with his original band mates of twenty years ago, The Flecktones, for a range across musical influences from jazz to blues to world music At eleven oclock on most festival mornings, you can catch top classical music artists in intimate performance at the Trinity United Methodist Church, and then at twelve thirty, have another chance to see roots, jazz and pops performers who headline evening concerts at the Noon30 series at the Charles H. Morris Center You can dance to the zydeco rhythms of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, and take part in salsa dance party on another night Listen in as in as twelve top high school bands play their hearts out in the Swing Central Jazz Competition, and follow the winners through to an evening concert where they will share the stage with jazz greats including Marcus Roberts and Wycliffe Gordon Hear Texas troubadour Ruthie Foster bring together the fiery roots of soul, gospel, jazz, and blues in her work. Its no accident that her latest album is called Let It Burn. Listen to festival associate musical director and world renown classical violinist Daniel Hope give his first Savannah recital in years Hear Chris Thile, known for his bluegrass music with Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, investigate both bluegrass an Bach There is, of course, quite a bit more: more dances, more roots music, more gospel, more jazz, more classical. Theres a strong education component as well, including education events for schoolchildren from the area, jazz mentorships, and in a new program this year, an acoustic music academy for talented string players in which they have the chance to learn from and work with festival artists. Tickets for the concerts are already sale, both in Savannah and through the festivals web site, where there is also detailed information about the artists and the schedule of events.
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