Simply put, John Hartford’s Aereo-Plain is one of my top 10 albums of all time. The key to Aereo-Plain was preserving the visceral elements of bluegrass, the tie to the roots and the mastery of instrumentation, while combining it with the depth of folk-inspired songwriting, intelligent humor, and then adding an enlightened sense of tempo and chord progressions.
The Ryman is what lower Broadway revolves around, and it is easy to think that however it goes, so goes lower Broadway. When The Ryman was virtually shuttered in 1974 and The Grand Ole Opry moved to the Opry House, that is when the seeds of the lower Broadway decline were sowed.
Those that have been around here for a while know that I like to come out of left field with my vintage album suggestions. You already have a big stack of records, no need for me to rehash through them. Still I know some of you are rolling up to this thinking, “What kind of […]
Album Review, American Beauty, Crosby Still Nash Young, Europe 72, Gram Parsons, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, John Hartford, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pedal Steel Guitar, Red Headed Stranger, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Teach Your Children, The Grateful Dead, Vasser Clements, Willie Nelson, Workingmans Dead