There are not so many documentations about Bluegrass available. This is a high quality 24 minute video about Bluegrass in Washington, D. C.
Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, D.C.
I created this video when I was in graduate school pursuing an MFA in film. I have been working on a feature length documentary on The Seldom Scene for several years (I submitted a cut of it as my MFA thesis project) and for this project I interviewed Mike Auldridge (again), Dudley Connell (again), George McCeney, and Len Holslcaw. I will be uploading a few clips from my Seldom Scene documentary in progress over the next few days. With the recent passing of Mike Auldridge, I remembered countless conversations with Mike over the last twenty years or so and the three times I interviewed him on camera. I shot this interview with Mike in April 2004 and it is my favorite interview with Mike. He truly was what everyone has said he was– a true gentleman and a class act all the way. And thanks to Dudley Connell, Len Holsclaw and George McCeney as well.
More videos about Bluegrass History
I have recently heard a great song by the Dillards – Hey Boys. In this song you can hear the fantastic harmony-singing of the Dillards.
I would like to take the chance to present the Dillards in this blog. You can find detailed information about the Dillards in the wikipedia article (see below).
The Dillards have been engaged for the Andy Griffith Show in 1963 where they played the band The Darlings. The Darlings were the first band who brought Bluegrass to a wider audience in the USA.
The Andy Griffith Show
Though The Dillards were already an established bluegrass band, their biggest claim to fame is performing musically as members of the fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introducing bluegrass to many Americans who had never heard it.
The appearances of the Dillards as the Darlings ran between 1963 and 1966.
The following video fromthe Judy Garland Show in 1963 is one of the funniest Bluegrass videos that I have seen up to now:
The Dillards – Buckin’ Mule – Judy Garland Show 1963
The Dillards are also known to be the first band that played the tune “Duelin’ Banjo” in 1963 in the Andy Griffith Show, a tune that has later become very popular.
Playlist “The Dillards”
The playlist contains some complete concert videos at the end. Enjoy the Dillards!