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Sitting On Top of the World – A Great…

My friend Eric likes to play this tune, so I thought that I should listen to some recordings of it and learn topplay it right. I have found many interesting videos and compiled thos in my playlist.

This tune goes back to the 1930s when it has been recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks:

Mississippi Sheiks – Sitting On Top Of The World

I have found a video with Doc Watson from 1962:

SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD (1964) by Doc Watson

And a version with Bill Monroe that can be found in the Blackmountain Underground blog:

http://blackmountainunderground.blogspot.de/2010/12/bill-monroe-part-2.html (starts at ca. 37:00)

Discover more interesting versions in my playlist”Sitting on top of the world”!

Playlist Sitting On Top Of The World

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Sitting On Top Of The World: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitting_on_Top_of_the_World

Mandozine TABs: http://www.mandozine.com

Blog Second Cousin Curly: The Blues in Bluegrass

Black Mountain Underground blog:

http://blackmountainunderground.blogspot.de/

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The Johnson Mountain Boys – Goodbye to the Blues…

Today I have listened to the music of

LIFE GOES ON -Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)

at Airplay Direct.

I did especially like the second song form this CD –  GOODBYE TO THE BLUES – Johnson Mountain Boys.

I have found a nice playlist with  a concert by the Johnson Mountain Boys at youtube which includes two videos with this song:

Playlist Johnson Mountain Boys – At Lucketts VA Feb. 20 1988

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD2C9D2E8894ADC2

Wikipedia about the Johnson Mountain Boys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_Mountain_Boys

Here is another great video of this song, played by Brightwater Junction:

Brightwater Junction 2011 – Goodbye To The Blues

Brightwater Junction – 2nd Place 2011 National Single Microphone Championship

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Harrison Kennedy – Mandola-Blues

I have recently found a concert with Harrison Kennedy on the CBC Concerts on Demand site. Harrison Kennedy plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and he sings.

During the 60s Harrison was a member of The Chairman of the Board and he was very successful:

In 1968 the Detroit POP GROUP “The Chairmen of the Board.” played all the top venues including JOHNNY CARSON’S TONIGHT SHOW, SOUL TRAIN and AMERICAN BANDSTAND and ENGLAND’S “TOP-OF-THE-POPS’, doing our hit, “Gimme Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. KING, JAMES BROWN, SMOKEY ROBINSON, STEVIE WONDER, FUNKADELICS and more. C.O.T.B. also performed many times at NewYorks Famous HARLEM’S APOLLO THEATRE.

During the last years Harrison Kennedy has mainly sticked to the blues and he has recorde three CDs.

In the beginning Harrison used mainly the guitar or slide guitar to accompany himself, but recently he has discovered the mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.

The CBC concert can be found on the following page:

concert Harrison Kennedy at Koerner Hall

Here are some videos with Harrison Kennedy and his octave mandolin:

Harrison Kennedy – Tell the truth and shame the devil

Harrison Kennedy – Real Deal

Harrison Kennedy – Noonday Train

Playlist Harrison Kennedy

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCA5CC122D81BAE0C

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Chairman of the Board: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairmen_of_the_Board

Homepage Electro-Fi records: http://www.electrofi.com/

Review “Voice Story” 2005: http://www.bluesbox.de/html/reviews/reviews_k/reviews_kennedy.htm

Review “High Country Blues”: http://indangerousrhythm.blogspot.com/2008/03/harrison-kennedy-high-country-blues.html

Review “Shame the Devil” (2012): http://blueshamilton.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-harrison-kennedy-cd.html

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Eddie Kirkland – Blues Legend dies in a Car…

Eddie Kirkland – known as the Gypsy of the Blues – has died in a car accident. He was 87 years old.

He was still performing 40 weeks every year and just came from a concert when the accident happened.

Eddie Kirkland started playing the guitar and performing at an early age of 12 years – so he has been an active musician for 75 years. Eddie Kirkland played  with John Lee Hooker for many years, and he played together with many other great musicians.

This is an interview with Eddie Kirkland with one song at the end of the video:

Town Hall with Eddie Kirkland

Listen to some great blues songs with Eddie Kirkland!

Playlist Eddie Kirkland

New York Times article about Eddie Kirkland: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/arts/music/07kirkland.html

Homepage Eddie Kirkland: http://www.eddiekirkland.com/