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Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.

Posted by jcd on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

Gerald & the team on 'Piedmont Blues' spent a great deal of time with living, though elderly, Piedmont blues musicians. Duke Performances, working with Music Makers, has presented many of these artists over the past decade. After considerable conversation & consideration it was our conclusion that none of those musicians was nimble enough to effectively participate in this project. To be clear, Clayton's 'Piedmont Blues' is a synthetic project that attempts to honor the elders while making a presentation that bristles with a contemporary energy; only the audience will be able to determine whether this approach works.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 11/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

I would be curious to know why living Piedmont Blues legends are not involved in the actual performance when they are still alive and extremely capable at their craft, why this is not a performance collaboration.

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Posted by caab on 11/30/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Starfucker's "German Love"

I always thought German Love was his pet name for her: "German Love, I will give it to you."

Posted by AstToTheRgnlMgr on 11/12/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

yes! if but for just 'idiot wind'

Posted by lizzy on 11/04/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

But should he really accept this Swedish prize ? After all Alfred Nobel was a major Swedish weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and inventor of projectiles, smokefree gunpowder and, of course dynamite. Still today the Nobel Prize Group is sponsored by the weapons industry in direct connection to Alfred Nobes own war industry: http://saab.com/region/singapore/about-saab/stories/saab-singapore-stories/2015/saab-supports-the-nobel-prize-series-in-singapore/

Listen to Masters of War !

BTW this devastating Nobel project must be stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpigW2zkZKA

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Posted by Bo Lagerqvist on 11/04/2016 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

"No" would have been more accurate and succinct.

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Posted by raleighispcool on 11/02/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Interview: Scott Avett Talks The Avett Brothers' True Sadness, Not Becoming a Farmer, And Not Making a Statement on HB 2

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Posted by Jerry Meek on 10/20/2016 at 1:07 AM

Re: “For Thirty Years, Cult Hero Syd Straw Has Stood Strong on the Cusp of Fame

I saw her in Kansas City, years ago, her voice, stage presence, the show was mystical. Surprise should be reissued, along with a intimate tour.

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Posted by David Cote on 10/16/2016 at 4:32 AM

Re: “Only one original member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops remains, but the group's mission spreads

Why is that even a conversation?i wonder the intent in highlighting the 2 comments when there were probably many more.In this case maybe all should look within to examine intent.

Posted by Julia Elizabeth Kneece Gregg on 10/09/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I am a Cohn Bros. fan whatever the subject and I thought the movie was great. I agree with Stewart this music seems mislabeled as "bluegrass". OTOH I am grateful for the music and the article. More please.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 09/29/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I appreciate the need for a focus word, but surely most of the music in "Oh, Brother" is from the era before Bluegrass (which, of course, was invented by Bill Monroe in the mid 1950's). We're talking about Old-Time or Mountain Music are we not? For me Bluegrass is the Punk to Old-time's Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues, and I can't listen to it for long. It's high-speed and samey to my ear, Where Old-Time is varied and goes straight to the heart and Soul, rather than the funny-bone. It seems the term Bluegrass has steamrollered over these other more subtle words and obliterated them - a pity...

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Posted by Stewart Sandison on 09/28/2016 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

This is a great article. And thanks for the links. I've just raided the entire Kossoy Sisters catalog

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Posted by Eryk Pruitt on 09/28/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Less Expected: IBMA Acts to Catch Off the Main Stage

You need to add Cardboard Fox to this group. This young group of musicians from Bath England put the International into IBMA. They are great. Check them out on youtube!

Posted by apexwiner on 09/28/2016 at 11:03 AM

Re: “For Thirty Years, Cult Hero Syd Straw Has Stood Strong on the Cusp of Fame

See her sing live! It's transcendent

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Posted by Andrew 1 on 09/23/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “After a Bout with Rheumatoid Arthritis, The Bronzed Chorus’s Adam Joyce Renews His Musical Mission

The Bronzed Chorus rawk!!! They're gonna be the next Aerosmith!!!

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Posted by Shamus Johnson on 09/22/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Put a Ring on It: N.C. Opera Takes on Wagner’s Formidable Masterwork

Basically, it is a really good feeling to compose music. You need pretty strong words to use and give more meaning to it than be just literal.Realizing that music is every where and musicians as well. You can find places to perform no matter where you are. Try to check this out http://www.audiorumble.com/

Posted by Antley on 09/15/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Durham’s Beats & Bars Festival Looks to Bring Blackness Back to Main Street

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Posted by Lateef Massey on 09/15/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “A quintet of collaborations that never panned out for North Carolina's piano man

You should have attended the recent concert (September 13, 2016) at Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. It was just Ben and a piano (and briefly a drum set). One thing was abundantly clear: the man can play, all the while engaging the audience in a meaningful and entertaining way. He pounded out a treasure trove of classics and left no doubt as to his musical abilities. You failed to mention the number of albums and collaborations you've completed or how many songs you've gotten on the radio, but I'm guessing it's less than Mr. Folds. Perhaps if you're unable to be anything other than one angry dwarf, you could try being a silent face.

Posted by STH on 09/15/2016 at 12:30 AM

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