Mudcat Café message #1265923 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #73111   Message #1265923
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
07-Sep-04 - 09:47 AM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Jimmy: One thing I've seen, not just in bluegrass, that I don't understand. It's musicians who play stone-faced, never showing any sign of emotion, or that they are even there. There is no reaction with the audience or the other musicians, and no indication that they are even reacting to what they're playing. I've seen this in some bluegrass bands, some old-timey bands, and weirdest of all to me, in many instrumentalists who are accompanying gospel singing in black churches. Keyboardist in black churches seem particularly prone to the zombie approach, but I see bass guitarists and even lead guitarists doing it.

A few weeks ago, we sang at a big gathering of groups, and there were two guitar players who uninvited, got up and "backed" other singers.
One played bass and one played "lead" guitar. The first song they got up to play on, they were not in tune with each other, and worst of all, they started playing along with the group, which was singing a capella, playing in a different key. So, there they stood, completely emotionless, playing in the wrong key, out of tune and louder than the singers. Looking cool, man.

Total oblivion is not cool.