These guys are about as cool as it gets. They are known as the Hedge Monkeys. The instrument is called a Hang. It is a steel drum made by a couple in Switzerland. They make a couple of hundred of these things a year. This video was made live at the Edenburgh festival in ’09.
The Hedge Monkeys Play the Hang
Hedge Monkeys | YouTube | Aug 09
________________________________________________________________________________ The Hedge Monkeys can be heard at http://www.hangplayinghedgemonkeys.com/fr_home.cfm
Move over Eric Clapton. Step aside BB King. There is a 12-year old guitar playing phenom who is about to take over your world. Quinn Sullivan started playing at age 3. This video below shows him at 9 years old opening for Buddy Guy at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival in 2009. You can see more at his website or on YouTube. Mozart with a steel guitar…
This is one of the all-time great rock and roll concert performances of all time. The gold standard of how to knock out a tune. Mick Jagger was a master of staging and performance but I never saw him get into a garbage can and fly over the audience. Absolutely phenomenal. The kids on Idol should watch this and learn…
Money Changes Everything
Cindi Lauper | Houston | 1984
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It’s not always easy to make sense of the news. This week we witnessed an innocent teenager in Florida killed because of a law that panders to fear and racism. One could easily get discouraged and conclude that humanity is going to hell in a hand basket. But then you see a bunch of travelers pausing to listen to Ravel in a train station in Copenhagen. The world is a roller coaster. One side up. One side down. Take your pick…
Here’s some really really cool guitar playing from Mexico. These guys are HOT!!!
Rodrigo y Gabriela | YouTube | 24 Oct 09
____________________________________________________________________________ Before they became the most visible flamenco duo of the early 2000s, guitarists Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero bonded over heavy metal while growing up in Mexico City. They combined their talents for a time in the metal group Tierra Acida, playing around D.F. in the roughest clubs the city had to offer. Though they recorded some material, Tierra Acida never hit it big, and an album was never released. Instead, Sanchez and Quintero concentrated on learning more guitar styles, teaching lessons during the day, and playing bossa novas in hotel bars at night. Bored and frustrated with their chances in the Americas, the two decided to try their luck in Europe instead.
Rodrigo y Gabriela traveled to Dublin, where a friend had offered them a place to stay. The musicians spoke no English, carried little money, and upon their arrival found that their offer of European hospitality had vanished. The pair soon turned toward busking on the streets of Dublin, a move that enhanced their reputation and helped land them several contacts. Among their newfound friends was fellow busker Damien Rice, who soon asked them to accompany him on tour. The Mexican duo had, by this time, developed a large repertoire of original material in a variety of styles, and they released their debut record with 2003′s Re-Foc. A concert album, Live: Manchester and Dublin, followed one year later.
Rodrigo y Gabriela became the newest fixture of the world music circuit, known for their nimble-fingered guitar work and diverse background (few flamenco guitarists could boast a background in metal music). Their third album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, was released in 2006 and debuted atop the Irish charts, beating out Arctic Monkeys for the number one spot. They continued to tour, making their way through Japan (as evidenced by their second live album, Live in Japan) and America, and 11:11 expanded their discography upon its 2009 release. The duo went on a touring hiatus in September 2010 due to stress injuries to Gabriela’s hand. In January of 2011, they collaborated with film composer Hans Zimmer on the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which was released in May of that year, followed by Live in France, a document from the 11:11 tour that like the studio album, mixed Rodrigo y Gabriela’s dazzling nylon-string guitar chops with electric six-strings for a dueling shredfest.
Since their inception, the pair had always envisioned working in Cuba. They recruited pianist and arranger Alex Wilson to come up with charts for a new set of songs. Wilson and the duo worked out a set of tunes, rhythms, and charts in three days in Mexico City, then Wilson went on to Cuba to hire a band. From June through September, the duo recorded with Wilson and C.U.B.A. (Collective Universal Band Association) in Havana, with producer Peter Asher. A number of special guests joined the proceedings as well, including Anoushka Shankar, flamenco and jazz bass legend Carlos Benavent, former Testament and White Zombie drummer John Tempesta, Le Trio Joubran, and Los Van Van drummer Samuel Formell Alfonso. The resulting album, Area 52, was released in January of 2012. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi
I love to watch American Idol. I hate the program but I love the contestants, especially the warblers, shriekers and moaners. The thing about this eternally bothersome program is every once in a while, like a miner panning for gold, we strike it rich. A star is born. Or at least an insanely rich pop singer. These kids will never make Idol. They don’t warble, shriek or moan. They just play the heck out of a guitar, banjo and fiddle. They’re too good for Idol…
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
____________________________________________________________________________ Over eight hundred miles from the Grand Ole Opry and the birthplace of Bluegrass, 9-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone and his brothers, Robbie 12, and Tommy 14, might be the most unassuming bluegrass trio in the region. Though their combined age is younger than music’s Hip-Hop era, it’s the music of Flatt & Scruggs & Ralph Stanley that inspires the sound pouring from the strings of Jonny’s banjo, Robbie’s fiddle, and Tommy’s guitar. Just as comfortable picking on his back, eyes closed, Jonny was the inspiration, and the name had emerged: the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys were born.