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Old Crow Medicine Show and Gillian Welsh Emmylou Harris joins them in another clip. dyk she's 67 years old? Old Crow does other numbers, Wagon Wheel comes to mind. I think this is a damn good cover of a classic, Emmylou called it an anthem for a generation.

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Bluegrass rocks!........Here's a bluegrassy sounding tune from an 80's Celtic punk band "The Pogues" A very pretty tune, indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF9dHxbDa5w

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John Williamson has a celtic sound but he's Australian. I like all his stuff.

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John Williamson has a celtic sound but he's Australian. I like all his stuff.

That is an 'eceltic' mix. Nice!

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A little gem from 1968. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEzyrpfrPEI Although best known for his recording of "Classical Gas" Mason Williams is a multi-talented individual. He's an accomplished guitarist, composer, published poet, lyricist, and was a comedy writer for television shows such as the Smothers Brothers and Saturday Night Live.

Here is another multi-talented individual's take on the same tune, with a bit of levity inserted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUvuW0NbLQ

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Thanks for the Stafford link, I remember him, and Classical Gas, too. I could say I liked Classical at the time, in case a girl was into classical. I was so culturally diverse I included opera. It was Three Penney Opera's Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin, but it counted.

Stafford on Carson

.vienna review.three+penny+opera and likely Louis is what they write of.

Cindy Lauper is in a Three Penny Opera production as well. DYK, Jerry Orbach, from Law and Order, did Three Penny Opera and sang Mack the Knife.

Another writer on Smothers Brothers was Rob Reiner. Tommy Smothers schtick of the dumb brother was either a schtick or he did have dysphasia (in europe)/aphasia (in US) [the mind works but the speech is behind the fast firing mind]. I think Harry Nilsson was the show's official poet.

Lotte Lenya, referred to in Mack, was Kurt Weill's wife. She performs a Doors song in the link. Weill wrote a musical based on Twain's Huckleberry Finn, but it wasn't fin before he died. Duke Special is the only one to record it

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I'm sure any blue grass fans know this tune.................Wild Horses

I'm sure to all blue grass fans these legends need no introduction........Old and In the Way:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA35Oozc8NM

Always worth revisiting.

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How about a standard to say goodnight.

and if find yourself in San Antonio, beg borrow or steal two nickels or a dime.................

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLnDWc8APGg

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This is the Beg Borrow and Steal that came to mind when I read your post.

Back to bluegrass Dooley by the Dillards aka the Darlin family from Andy Griffith's show.

Dillards, dressed up for another tv gig

Twa Sisters is not about 2 stewardesses but a Tom Waits rendition of an English ballad circa 1656. Try to listen to the original virgin in Scotts Gaelic or middle english, neither makes any sense and can't be understood. At least not by me:

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I'll meetcha ya at the Almano mission............

Ugh! I could've done without who the F! was the Ohio Express? I hated them when they new.

How about a song that's been covered and made famous by others but now from the writer. A voice from the grave.........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SjwO17gsqU

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Traditional Celtic may not exactly be bluegrass, but have any of you heard of Glenn Morgan? He plays the "hammered dulcimer!" I love it! He's on the internet!

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More Blue Grass;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GU5hWdaQfY&feature=related

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Quote douglaslee:Lotte Lenya, referred to in Mack, was Kurt Weill's wife. She performs a Doors song in the link. Weill wrote a musical based on Twain's Huckleberry Finn, but it wasn't fin before he died. Duke Special is the only one to record it

I hadn't heard of Ireland's "Duke Special," and I'll admit that I was at first taken aback by his androgynous 'Boy George' look,(copycat?) but have since listened to more of his work. I like his live performances. I found a February 2014 video: "Live at the Rifleman Pub" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujzo8OeJjtw He and his quartet pay tribute and rock some tunes written by Harry Nilsson.........Some cool jams at an intimate venue, I like it...............I wasn't familiar with Harry Nilsson either, but I do recognize some of his songs.

Lotte lenya's "The Moon of Alabama" sounds eerily futuristic, and sort of creepy. Especially for something of that era. I like DS's live version.

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Nilsson wrote this, too. Ringo narrates, not everything has to have a point. The link is the whole film, but the next is one song from the film.

Think about your troubles is cool. Existential life circle set to music with a bit of science. The infinity sign might be better than a circle to describe the cycle. Nilsson might have done acid on occassion.

Doc & Merle do House of Rising Sun that was actually an old english folk tune reworked in appalachia in the 30s before going back across the pond to Eric Burden & the Animals. (one version of origin anyhow)

Alan Price of The Animals has even claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel.[1]

The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934.[2] Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley.

Appalachian music as covered in the link above has roots in 16th, 17th, & 18th century broadside ballads, songs written about the news of the times. The Twa sisters song posted earlier was a broadside, so a sister probably did push her younger sister into the water. St James Infirmary is an updated broadside about a guy dying from syphillus around the time sailors and soldiers came home from war and suffered just such a fate.

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Are we doing roots of blue grass or covers that blue grass has done?............rooted in the celtic/english story tradition another original: 'he was running out of road, he was running out of breath......'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yw2yKNLEPc

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Though more production than I'd prefer, more in the Irish/English tradition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob0jc1XMmGc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob0jc1XMmGc

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Richard Thompson does an excellent cover of Donovan's 'Season of the Witch'

Sinead had some comments linking to Kate, a song with many metaphors, the best venue to shatter-

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One last song

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Probably inevitable we'd have to get around to country. Here's something a little closer to the blue grass roots.

Put a dime in the juke box, salt that tepid 25 cent draft beer and try to keep the tears off the bar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KSSvCVplIE

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[quote]The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it for Vocalion Records in 1934.

These articles remind me of “The Song Catcher” A movie about a musicologist who hauls her bulky equipment to the mountains of North Carolina in 1907 with hopes of recording the residents’ Appalachian folk music. I think that the story is “loosely” based on actual events.

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Are we doing roots of blue grass or covers that blue grass has done

It’s all Rock & Roll to me. I think the re-occurring theme here is a 'relationship' to bluegrass. For instance, here are some blues performed by a bluesman who most likely was influenced by grass, LOTS of grass, not to mention many other substances.......... He turned 70 this year....He's Good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abxYSf-vwHI

BTW, some good selections, rs allen. I wasn’t aware of the 70’s bluegrass supergroup, “Old and in the Way” Back then, I was young and on my way. To where? I don’t know.

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Sloopy is at least 60 with droopy tits but I still want to go to the gym

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I like the way that Ray has his name on his strap. That should avoid any confusion, as to who the 80" guitar strap belongs to.

I always thought that this was the last song, lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e2qsnHVAo4

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Hey! I actually got to see him live once, and he was only a little over two hours late.

Here's the old two step and the same old a f d e chords everyone uses. Funny how talent does more with it than I ever could.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8BPcNUQy-0

THis should be our national anthem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUmIO_MG5IU&feature=kp

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"Treetop Flyer" I love that song, some sweet guitar. Recently, I watched the "Crosby Stills and Nash 2012" concert on the AXS television channel. The old farts still got it goin' on. Their encore, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" was pretty damn sweet, indeed.

My F chord is still effed up, about half the time.

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Love won, love lost and love that runs through the fingers like sand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFvenjll1Bk

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My favorite Prine song

btw, you can paste your own photos of your love on the clip should you want to offer a valentine's gift.

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Follow up link

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I want to thank all the posters for the songs linked, I'm lovin' it. Even though the title of the OP is for one genre, I wanted to post another - 4 tops, Gene Chandler etal.. deserve a space on the 50 year marker of voting rights act that SCOTUS struck down. I don't like to start too many posts, I'm not that verbose, but taking an occaisional tangent is definitely me.

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Ya man, bebop'n down the street with a transistor glued to the ear. Always walked a little taller when Duke of Earl came on.

Here's something a bit different to start the morning off with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hL8GwidZcg

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A mere few years earlier life wasn't so much fun, but white america snapped their fingers to it and thinking it showed how egalitarian they were. They still aren't. But I digress, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmZdvVnMXCc

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Civil rights..........as true today as the days of yore.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGaRtqrlGy8&feature=kp

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A couple more offerings from those days:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyfJKg7Dddo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDRbF80NKDU

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How about some soul from another direction:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ROwVrF0Ceg

I really prefer this cover of the same song, different soul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8WRzdN43BI

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That was excellent! I had not heard that version before.

Awesome Winter Guitar The last 2 decades have seen an influx of kids named after guns [some are named Shooter, Remington and Colt, don't know about Glock and Uzi, Wesson is there (sibling could be Crisco though)] . The link was in the 70s, but Derringer sure was a pistol then. [I suppose Remington might have been named after a razor] Mr and Mrs Seven couldn't decide between Alex or Albert so they compromiised on A. Kurt or Kevin? Lets use K, and Forte was grandpa's middle name. Invitation for baptism of AK Forte Seven had to get a second printing.

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After days like today this cover always soothes my soul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I

As an aside, the end of the vid is the mans funeral. Tell me his family doesn't know how say good-bye!

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israel-kamakawiwo-ole-the-voice-of-hawaii I used to live in HI and learned so much from the kama'aina or locals. Indigenous people always have their own wisdom, and when they're an indigenous in paradise [as opposed to a cheeseburger] their perspective is even more compelling.

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That certainly IZ a nice rendition.

I like that jazz tune "Compared to What” as well.

Youtube used to have a full length version of Johnny Winter’s performance on BBC’s “Old Grey Whistle Test,” but apparently it’s been pulled......... Johnny’s cool. He’s so unassuming.

Shel Silverstein was a poet, musician, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, cartoonist, and an author of children's books. He couldn’t sing for shit, but he wrote a number of hit songs for other artists, i.e. "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" and "A Boy Named Sue," among others.

A 1972 video of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performing an acoustic version of a song written by Shel, while aboard Shel's houseboat in Sausalito California. Shel joins in on harmonica ................"Sylvia's Mother" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXcJNljjTG0

Shel was a cartoonist for Playboy magazine for about 20 years, and many of his children’s poems first appeared in Playboy.........He couldn’t sing, but he could do a mean recital of a poem. "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Would Not Take The Garbage Out" is featured on Shel’s album of poetry “Where the Sidewalk Ends” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu402D9tHuM

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Shel has a very broad audience ..... kids and adults alike, but always twisted .... often both simultaneously.

Who can forget the story of Pearly Sweetcake from sunny San Rafael and her unfortunate fate when the Calistoga Kid had "nothing left to roll".

And I will never encounter a piece of pecan pie in the same way again.

One of my most treasured musical experiences was getting to see Muddy Waters not long before he died .... Johnny Winter was playing in his band.

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Tom Waits is an original poet or songsmith. I did see a Silverstein play in NY off broadway and enjoyed it.

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Here's an offering for the end of the week.

This album was a seminal piece of music that changed the direction of jazz. You'll recongize some passages and riffs even if you're not into jazz. The complete album (sorry for any ads) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbxtYqA6ypM

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Raggae steeped and flavored in South Africa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBAFcHvNoHQ

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1959 was Miles ahead of preceding jazz genre.

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Sorry I didn't give Miles an adequate intro doug. I tried.

Sometimes one wonders if anything really does change:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9poCAuYT-s&feature=kp

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Version 1

Version 2 will Mason jar your opinion of which is classic?

Version 3 Cooke channeled by Rod

A Righteous Cover imo

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Gospel Revival Dylan I liked this, never heard it before, but damn it fit. This would be a good karaoke version because it would shock. Take a tambourine along and you might get the audience moving.

Mason's Watchtower is worth a listen

Feel good music, if you need me to explain why it's feel good, you're not of this time. I suppose some really dreadful songs might be feel good foe some, only because they remember when those sounds were a part of their life.

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One of my youngest has been on a Levon Helm kick for the past few weeks after we watched the documentary about the last 2 years of his life "Ain't In It For My Health". The title track on his final album "Dirt Farmer" has been getting alot of airplay around the house lately. The stark and brutal lyrics tinged with humor remind me of John Prine. It's been making us feel good lately.

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Thanks for the links LiG, 3 legs could be a tri-pod a 3 legged stool, a disabled quadriped, or a gifted human male.

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Levon Helm,

one of those that will always hold a place in the heart.

Heres a cover by someone I grew up listening to on the brandie-new HI-FI in the mid 50's. It's still my favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EE3OL60zzY

A few years after I fell in love with that man's music this cover of the same song came out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtIeyPvePds

I remember me and a baby sitter coming to blows about which version was best. I don't hold it against Bobby D. He was a talented artist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSA-yHzkvP8

My parents used to hang with this crew after hours. I ain't going to bother posting the other cover everyone knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-a8kLtJSJ4

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Not a cover, but there's a couple of threads happening round here that brought this song to mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-kA3UtBj4M&feature=kp

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Jimmie Rodgers doing St James Infirmary but titled Those Gambler's Blues

Hugh Laurie doing a recent version of St James Infirmary

Cab Calloway doing the 30s version with an assist from Koko and Betty Boop

The Animals did it, too. It's an original broad street song from a couple hundred years ago.

Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen do Cab Calloway tunes. They are very good and fit the rockabilly Texas swing sound.

Louis Prima was great.

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