Mudcat Café message #1269177 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #73111   Message #1269177
Posted By: Ron Davies
11-Sep-04 - 08:10 AM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Jerry et al.--

Never heard of Darby and Tarlton--what songs did they do?   And who were Grayson and Whitter? Is this Grayson as in "hadn't 'a been fer Grayson, I'd 'a been in Tennessee?." Again, which songs?


This is great--I know Charlie Poole wrote a lot of great songs (that's why I claimed part of his attitude for bluegrass), but if I can get more songs into "old time" sessions, so much the better. In my (limited) experience, old time sessions have indeed seemed heavily instrumental, as I said. I can get my fill of that, just as I can get my fill of bluegrass musicians whose main goal seems to be to demonstrate that their speedometer is broken.

Also, is it true that, as in my experience, at an old time session everybody plays the tune over and over many times--no variations, no breaks--til it ends? Is that an unfair description?

The best session in my opinion is one which has both vocals and instrumentals---absolute best is both in the same song-----if something is good I want to make it last.