RIP Owsley “Bear” Stanley
March 27, 2011, 4:35 pm
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Owsley Stanley pictured with Jerry Garcia

While this news is over a week old at this point I thought it was necessary to pay tribute¬† to the creative force of Owsley “Bear” Stanely who died on March 13th. The man who provided massive quantities of LSD to the Dead and the rest of San Francisco in the 60’s, Stanley was also responsible for engineering the Wall of Sound and for designing many of the Dead’s logos including the skull and lighting bolt which appeared on the cover of Steal Your Face.

The Wall of Sound in all its glory.

Stanley was also responsible for some of the early live recordings of the Grateful Dead. As their sound engineer he recorded the shows in order to be able to listen back to them and make improvements on the next show’s sonic quality. However some of these recordings went on to be the first and best live shows the band released as records. However many more of Stanely’s recordings have yet to be released.

In Christ there is No East or West
March 24, 2011, 2:17 pm
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In Christ there is no East or West,
In Him no South or North;
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.

In Him shall true hearts everywhere
Their high communion find;
His service is the golden cord,
Close binding humankind.

Join hands, then, members of the faith,
Whatever your race may be!
Who serves my Father as His child
Is surely kin to me.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford

A lawyer, folklorist, and performer of traditional bluegrass music from western North Carolina, Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a folk hero also known as the “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” Lunsford a prolific songwriter himself also spent time collecting the songs and dances of many performers of the Appalachian in order to bring dignity to “hillbilly music.”


I wish I was a mole in the ground
Yes I wish I was a mole in the ground
If I’s a mole in the ground I’d root that mountain down
And I wish I was a mole in the ground

Oh Tippy wants a nine dollar shawl
Yes Tippy wants a nine dollar shawl
When I come o’er the hill with a forty dollar bill
Baby where you been so long

I been in the bend so long
Yes I been in the bend so long
I been in the bend with the rough and rowdy men
Baby where you been so long

I wish I was a Mole in the Ground” first recorded by Lunsford in 1924



The Early Bird Always Gets the Worm – E.C. Ball
February 1, 2011, 7:18 pm
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Born in Grayson County, Virginia, Estil C. Ball was an American folk musician who played mountain county gospel and finger-style guitar. A musician who probably did not get enough recognition in his life time, Estil used to preform with his wife Orna and their Friendly Gospel Singers in churches and on the radio. If you like what you hear check out Thompson Square Records who released Face a Frowning World, a collection of E.C. Ball songs recorded by other favorite musicians including Bonnie Prince Billy and Jolie Holland.

Happy Winter/Holidays
December 23, 2010, 7:10 pm
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Happy winter solstice and holidays from The Wildwood. Have a grand one and make sure to leave some footprints in the snow.

The Things that We Used to Do
November 14, 2010, 8:32 pm
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The Things That We Used to Do is a live recording of the two American Primitive guitar artists, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones. The film which was released last year captures the pair playing several duets and over an hour of solo footage from each of them.

The film was produced and is available from Strange Attractors Audio House.

Big Rock Candy Mountain
October 25, 2010, 6:40 am
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First recorded by Harry McClintock in 1928, Big Rock Candy Mountain is a is a song about a hobo’s idea of paradise, a modern version of the medieval concept of Cockaigne. It is a place where “hens lay soft boiled eggs” and there are “cigarette trees.” The song is has been used in many places, most recently in an commercial for LL Bean … either way little streams of whiskey sound good to me.

John Fahey
September 21, 2010, 8:17 pm
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A pioneer of steel-string acoustic guitar and the creative force behind American Primitivism, John Fahey is one hell of a guitar player. Its hard to make a singular post about a musician so important to me and its hard to say much about him cause his music really speaks for itself so just have a listen.  I hope you enjoy him as much as I do.

Which Side Are You On?
September 6, 2010, 7:17 pm
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Come all of you good workers,
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how the good old union
Has come in here to dwell.

Which side are you on?

Happy Labor Day.

They Will Appear Behold (Take 2)
July 28, 2010, 8:14 pm
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I know this is a re-post from a year ago, but I can’t get enough of these guys. One of my favorite bands and favorite song of theirs.