it makes me think how trouble free girl we are.
There was a time I'd spend my nights in a bar,
plain' that old duke box, until honking' tonkin' locked up.
Dog gone my soul, how I luv them ole songs,
Why howdy neighbours, I'd like to take a moment and welcome you and your family and friends to a great afternoon of real, sparkling' and vivacious Americana entertainment with some fine old time country music from Ragged But Right.
You heard me right! Ragged But Right will be performing a variety of Old Time Mountain Music and having a lot of fun doin' it too. I guarantee you'll be tappin' your feet and dancing your cares away. And, it will be all happening at the Whitmore Hotel on Sunday, 19 October from 4.00 - 7.00pm. And it is FREE!
For those of you who aren't familiar with Ragged But Right, they are Ian Davis, Michael McGregor and Paul Reynolds. Their name comes from an old 1920's song by a guy called Riley Pucket.
For a taste of Ragged But Right's music, have a listen to Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks performing the song, Ragged But Right
Now the 1920s to 1930s was an interesting time, with the Great Depression happening and there was a whole lot of great music being played in travelling Medicine Shows and country towns right across the country.
"It's what is called "pre-Americana". It's a mixture of Old Time Mountain Music, Hill Billy Blues, Dust-Bowl Ballads and Jug-Band Hokum Falokum. This "back to basics" music is making a big comeback, with big Jug Band, Roots and Americana festivals; springing up all over the place." says Paul Reynolds.
"We play a weird and wonderful array of instruments including bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, resonator guitar and other stringed machines, and in true string band style,kazoos, whistles and harmonica, which adds a zany twist to our up-beat performances. All this leads a driving energy to the music of the period. We all sing, which gives us the opportunity for some great three-part harmonic tapestries that enchant all who lend us an ear, or two.
We are influenced by music that includes the legendary Carter Family and Memphis Jug Band as well as the sounds of Leon Redbone, Ry Cooder and Pokey LeFarge. Our sound can be compared to contemporary bands such as The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Carolina Chocolate Drops."
The Carolina Chocolate Drops can be seen performing Country Girl here:
So come on down and see what it is all about when Ragged But Right return to the Whitmore Hotel for a great afternoon of fun and real sparkling and vivacious Americana on Sunday, 19 October 2014.