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The Driftwood Newsfeed for January 28, 2010

We love when artists take a classic song in a new and unexpected direction. Check out this swing version of the Scottish folks song “Mad Tom of Bedlam” by Charlene Kaye and the Brilliant Eyes:

One of the major movers of Memphis is up for a Trustees Award at the Grammys this year (on February 12): Al Bell, the force behind Stax records, whose artists include “Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, the Bar Kays, Richard Pryor, and a host of others.” Oh, and “I’ll Take You There?” He wrote that.

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has released its lineup. Let’s take a look at what they’ve got so far . . .

Grey Fox 2011 Lineup (Banjo Roll, Please)…

Sam Bush Band (Saturday) Visit Sam
Tim & Mollie O’Brien Family Band (Friday) Visit Tim and/or Visit Mollie & Rich
Del McCoury Band (Friday) Visit Del
The SteelDrivers (Friday) Visit SteelDrivers
Claire Lynch Band (Friday) Visit Claire
Added today! The Infamous Stringdusters (Saturday) Visit Dusters
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (Thursday) Visit Peter
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Friday) Visit Mike
The Boxcars (Thursday) Visit Boxcars
Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (Friday/Saturday) Visit Circus
Hillbenders (Thursday/Friday) Visit Benders
Added today! Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (Fri/Sat) Visit Frank
Red Stick Ramblers (Thurs/Fri/Sat) Visit RSR
Added today! Dixie Beeliners (Thur/Fri/Sat) Visit Beeliners
John Kirk & Trish Miller (Thurs/Fri/Sat) Visit J&T
Fiddlestyx (Thurs/Fri/Sat) They’re so old timey they don’t have a web site!
Hosted, as always, by Dry Branch Fire Squad (all 4 days) Visit DBFS
and many, many more tba

It’s at On the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY 12469. They’ve got their own web site with more information if there weren’t enough links in the lineup for ya.

If you’re in the Maryland area, iconic Scottish folk singer Archie Fisher is making one of his less-rare-than-they-once-were-but-still-very-much-like-a-properly-cooked-steak appearances at Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD on February 5.

Those with their finger on the folk pulse might have heard this already, but for those of you who, like me, live on a desert island, this news went out last week:

NEWPORT, RI, January 25, 2011 – The famed Newport Jazz Festival and
Newport Folk  Festival, held in Newport, RI, since 1954 and 1959 respectively,
have returned  to their original roots as non-profit events. The Festivals
will now be produced  under the umbrella of Newport Festivals Foundation,
Inc., a newly-formed  501(c)(3) organization. They will still be produced by
George Wein and his  veteran staff. [more details at www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org]

Finally, a great of the old Nashville country music scene passed away on January 26th: Charlie Louvin. He is suvived by his wife, Betty, and their three sons. Louvin was diagnosed with pancratic cancer in 2010. Louvin released a tribute to the armed forces with songs dating back to the civil war late last year, and was a stalwart fixture at the Grand Ole Opry. As one friend put it, “Good ole boy, sad news.”

—Jack Hunter

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