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Old 08-23-2015, 03:24 AM
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Default Did a field recording of our band last night!

I play in a Bluegrass, Americana, country band. We played our first gig last night to a bunch of college kids and it went really well. I borrowed a field recorder and recorded it. Here are the results.

I know it's probably blasphemy, but I'm really enjoying playing drums and a bluegrass group. It really gives it an extra kick even if it goes against tradition. Heck, within a couple of hours of positing, I had people asking about CDs. Hope you all enjoy it! It sure was fun.

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Old 08-23-2015, 04:38 AM
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Sounds good to me. I've never understood why there aren't more drummers in bluegrass. I use to play some of those songs in a country band. Your versions sound good, but with a blue grass twist. Good drumming too.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:09 AM
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Very nice PPG.

Nice tasty drumming, with nice signals of the changes.

Almost good enough to disguise the presence of the banjo. :)
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the compliments guys! That means a lot.

We had a lot of fun and response has been great via social media. Just found out we will be at a music festival this Thursday in TN. Scotty Mcreary, Charlie Daniels, and others will be there. I don't know what kind of stage we'll be in but it'll be fun either way. It's fun to be excited about music again. It's been a while.
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Sounds really good man.. And hell anyone thats playing it and enjoying it is just great :) And bluegrass is fun...
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Sounds really good man.. And hell anyone thats playing it and enjoying it is just great :) And bluegrass is fun...
Thanks. Yes, it's a lot of fun.
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:17 PM
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Your guys have really good authentic sounding bluegrass vocals. They capture it well. Not sure I like drums in BG music. Spoons or something old timey but not drums. That's not a comment on your playing, just a general statement.

James, I'm let down that you don't like the banjo. Banjo is my favorite part of BG. It's the only drumsetless music, other than classical, that I enjoy listening to.
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Hi Martin - That's the first time I've heard your drumming style - and I love it. The tempo, feel, and sound is right on the money - just perfect for the style of music you are playing. This is bread and butter drumming at it's best - no need to show off or do anything other than establish a great groove and feel. My hat's off to you. Few people realize how hard it is to make these kind of venues work well; how hard it is to integrate and anchor; and how hard it is to make others the star of the show. Good job, my friend.

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That ain't blasphemy, it sounds good!
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I think it's wonderful, and your band has a great sound. I <3 bluegrass, though when I play it I eschew drums for bass/vox.

One other observation: Calling it "BG" confuses people who, like me, immediately equate "BG" with "Battlestar Galactica." Just sayin', LARRY. :-P
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Your guys have really good authentic sounding bluegrass vocals. They capture it well. Not sure I like drums in BG music. Spoons or something old timey but not drums. That's not a comment on your playing, just a general statement.
You aren't alone, Larry. There are a lot of 'grassers around here that would probably give me a really hard time about playing drums with bluegrass music. We aren't your typical bluegrass band; Lord knows we have our fair share in the area. We are wanting to do something different. I only use spoons when I eat. :)
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Hi Martin - That's the first time I've heard your drumming style - and I love it. The tempo, feel, and sound is right on the money - just perfect for the style of music you are playing. This is bread and butter drumming at it's best - no need to show off or do anything other than establish a great groove and feel. My hat's off to you. Few people realize how hard it is to make these kind of venues work well; how hard it is to integrate and anchor; and how hard it is to make others the star of the show. Good job, my friend.

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Thanks Gary.

I swear this is the most fun I've had playing music in a long time. All I do is play and stay out of the way and let the guys work! Thanks again for the kind words.
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I think it's wonderful, and your band has a great sound.

Thanks guys! :) Very encouraging.
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James, I'm let down that you don't like the banjo. Banjo is my favorite part of BG. It's the only drumsetless music, other than classical, that I enjoy listening to.
Maybe banjo jokes are just an Aussie phenomenon. Like Vegemite.
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'Grassers'? Well OK then. Have not heard that one.

I've been a huge fan of Ozark Mountain Daredevils since their inception. I find you have a very similar sound. To me, they were country rock.

Really enjoy your stuff.

When you guys discuss Bluegrass, the only stuff I can think of, and I'm probably wrong is the music from O Brother, Where Art Thou.
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Maybe banjo jokes are just an Aussie phenomenon. Like Vegemite.
Banjo jokes aren't jokes!
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