bear facts mando clip of the week (any genre)

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Let's start this outside the confines of bluegrass. It looks like everyone is trying to play mando these days--even Eric McFadden of Parliament Funkadelic!!!

And what is up with the guitar player in the diaper? :?

Well this clip features a mandolin player from Meridian, Mississippi, Mr. Mike Compton. He is accompanied by his mandolin sidekick, David Long. The impromptu concert setting is unique in itself--staged at someone's house/loft. This video features a song that John Hartford put his signature on. It's called the "Squirrel Hunters."

All you acoustic music lovers enjoy!

The Squirrel Hunters

Here's another version with David Long:

I thought I might resurrect this thread since I never really tended to it.

Here is Sam Bush's new video from his latest release Laps in Seven.

This cut is a remake of a Buddy Miller/Julie Miller song, "The River Gonna Run," and Emmylou Harris performs the female vocals on it.

Well, this is a darn good clip to get any long holiday weekend started. Talk about an all-star lineup:

Sam Bush on mandolin, Tony Rice on guitar, Jerry Douglas on resonator/dobro, Bela Fleck on banjo, and Mark O'Connor on fiddle. Not for sure but that is probably Edgar Meyer on upright bass.

Tony Rice is one heck of a player and makes it look so effortlessly.


Btw Phil, your avatar turkey necks in rhythm to this song.
Thanks, nicodemus. I'll keep posting them then.

Here is one from the black & white archives . . . 1958 Martha White Show, featuring Ricky Skaggs when he was seven years old. Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs are accompanying him on a good ol' toe-tapper.

Well . . . Factor sure regretted having to leave Nashville Thursday afternoon, especially when he passed by Ryman Auditorium and saw Rhonda Vincent's Martha White tour bus parked beside the building prior to her show there that evening. :cry:

See if y'all recognize the person backing Miss Rhonda on vocals with "Heartbreaker's Alibi."

Yep, here's one from Ol' Mon himself, with help from Ricky Skaggs.

Everytime I hear his voice, I wish for a chill in the air and an excuse to build a fire, crack a seal on some Wild Turkey, and listen to the dogs run.


And here's an older clip with Mr. Monroe's pure, unadulterated sound:

nicodemus said:
bear facts said:
See if y'all recognize the person backing Miss Rhonda on vocals.
Do you have any of the Dolly Parton bluegrass albums? I've heard they're pretty good.

Well here is Dolly putting a bluegrass spin on Collective Soul's "Shine."

Nickel Creek backs her on this one, along with Jerry Douglas on dobro.


Here is another one from Dolly with a hint of bluegrass:

Marry Me

Factor thought he would also throw in a little extra for the non-bluegrass fans, too.

Something Special
Okay, this clip showcases the Del McCoury Band doing a great bluegrass rendition of Richard Thompson's song, "Vincent Black Lightning 1952"

This is one of Factor's favorite bluegrass songs and features one of Factor's favorite mandolin players, Ronnie McCoury.


The song lyrics aren't too shabby either.

Oh says Red Molly to James "That's a fine motorbike.
A girl could feel special on any such like"
Says James to Red Molly "My hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme"
And he pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride

Oh says James to Red Molly "Here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man.
For I've fought with the law since I was seventeen,
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine.
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you.
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

"Come down, come down, Red Molly" called Sergeant McRae
"For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery.
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside.
Oh come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside"
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
He said "I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

Says James "In my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl.
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeves won't do,
Ah, they don't have a soul like a Vincent 52"
Oh he reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
Said "I've got no further use for these.
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome,
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home"
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride.

- Richard Thompson
- two letter words, © 1996 Richard Thompson

And here is Richard Thompson, himself, doing the original version:


The cat ain't no slouch on the get-tar either.
Most folks recognize Sam Bush for his extraordinary mandolin playing skills, but he also has earned honors as Junior National Fiddle Champion when he was a teenager.

This clip also features the late Roy Husky Jr, considered by some to be one of the finest session bassist (upright) around.

Oh, and let's not forget Al Perkins on the dobro. Personally, I like his sound better than Jerry Douglas'.

AP also plays a mean pedal steel guitar as you will see when I dig some more oldies from the archive.

Anyway, hope y'all enjoy this one.

Lee Highway Blues
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