This past weekend, Butch and I performed at JAMFest in Lee’s Summit, MO. (near Kansas City) We put on the usual Butch and Christie show for them, complete with angry game and all. Angry game = When Butch and I know a tune perhaps a little too well, we’ll stare at each other and make ugly angry faces, just to keep things interesting.
Anyway, in this clip, it’s just a closeup of me playing Little Billy Wilson. Thanks to Scott for taking the video!!
And a closeup of my hammers as I back up Butch on Booth Shot Lincoln:
We just received word that the video of our first concert in Budapest has been posted! Once you’re on the page, use the small black scrollbar to scroll down, and click on the line that has my name on it… and then wait a while… It took quite a long time for the video to load for me, but it’s some mighty fine video work, so it’s worth it in my opinion.
This was from January 15th, 2008, at the Slovakian Institute in Budapest, Hungary.
Here’s Butch and me playing at the Chattanooga Area Contradance last weekend… Fun as ever. The first tune is “A Roof for the Rain” by our friend, Ken Kolodner. Then we take it into Bill Cheatham, which didn’t work out to be the slickest transition ever, but we didn’t end up with a pile of dancers on the floor either, so I guess it wasn’t too bad. The caller is Vicki Herndon–she’s quite a gal! I dig her energy, and she says if Butch and I behave ourselves, she’ll consider taking us out on the road with her sometime. I think we could be talked into that! Thanks, Philip Luckey, for making this video for us.
Well the time has finally come for Butch and I to play for the Chattanooga contradance. I’m excited about this because although we’ve played for contradances before, it’s always been with a group, and this time it’s just us as a duo. That means that we get to pull out all kinds of tunes we’ve collected together over the years and throw them together in fun ways. And I’m excited about playing for the dancers, because that adds a whole new rhythmic element to our music, which could lead to a whole new groove altogether.
Here are two clips from our rehearsal tonight. They’re not perfect, but it’s the sound of us working out some ideas. It’ll be rockin’ on Saturday, I’m fairly sure. If any of you blogateers are within a stone’s throw of Chattanooga (or Ringgold, actually), I’d say you should come on out and dance a little.
Butch and Christie’s contradance rehearsal: Blackberry Blossom into Miserlou, into June Apple:
And another, Fearghal O’Gara’s into Mississippi Sawyer into Nail That Catfish to the Tree:
I hestitated to post this one, because it’s farrrrr from perfect. This is a recording of Butch and I capturing Little Billy Wilson for the first time. You can hear how he was just riffin’ on something on his guitar, and I kinda bumbled in with some dulcimer notes.. And somewhere in there I must’ve gotten the idea to try an A-tune over what he was doing, so Little Billy it was. I’d had Little Billy Wilson in my head since September, 2003, when we heard it at Carp Camp (the biggest, loudest, craziest jam ever) in Winfield, Kansas.
So this recording was done in our living room in Bowling Green, KY, sometime in 2005 I’m guessing. It was our first major clue that it would soon be time to make a proper CD of our music. I guess it showed us that we had something unique to bring to the old time music community–or a unique way to transport old time music out into the rest of the world. So far that’s been working pretty well… Or at least we’ve had some success at dazzling the dulcimer players we meet. Little Billy Wilson has been pointed out to me numerous times as a “favorite” track on our CD. And although I’ve started taking that CD for granted, I was filled with pride and happiness this morning when I went into Niedlov’s for some coffee and was greeted with hugs all because they love the music. Awesome. Makes me wanna do it again.
So this is basically the sound of Butch and I having a meeting of the minds over this tune. As far as I recall, we have never discussed anything about arrangement or mood when it comes to this one. What a happy accident!
Little Billy Wilson, Butch and Christie’s living room, sometime in 2005, probably.
Obviously, this photo was taken at a completely different time, but in the same house…so maybe it has some of the same vibe. I like how it looks like I have glowing devil horns. Goes nicely with the banjo.
…But it sure is starting to sound good.
Here’s me and Butch giving it a whirl, thinking we might perform it in Budapest next week. When he gets it goin’ on the guitar, I forget all about Death Cab for Cutie, and realize it’s “Dear Prudence.” Hey, I could steal from worse.
Confused Waltz, hammered dulcimer and guitar: