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Becky Buller Live on January 20th!

Becky Buller-TweenEarthAndSky_smThat’s right, fiddler and singer Becky Buller and her hot-pickin’ band will be at the former National Heritage Museum (now the unmemorably-named Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library) this Saturday, January 20th, sponsored of course by the Boston Bluegrass Union.  Here’s their announcement:

If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs. Becky’s compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs(“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Be Living”), Josh Williams (“You Love Me Today”), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (“Cottontown”, “My Angeline”, “Rest My Weary Feet”).

Becky Buller took home three IBMA awards in 2015: Emerging Artist Of The Year, Songwriter Of The Year, and Recorded Event Of The Year for the song “Southern Flavor”.   SPBGMA chose Becky as a 2016 Songwriter Of The Year nominee.  The IAMA chose Becky’s song “Nothin’ To You” as 1st Runner Up for their 2016 Country/Bluegrass Song Of The Year.

Then in 2016 Becky Buller was named both IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year and IBMA Female Vocalist the Year!

When Becky tours she is backed by The Becky Buller Band  –  Daniel Boner (guitar), Nate Lee(mandolin), Daniel Hardin (bass), and Ned Luberecki (banjo).


And yes, I’m happy to announce that Becky and at least some of the band will be squeezing into WHRB’s Studio BC, for a surprise visit to Hillbilly at Harvard, between 11:00 AM and 12:00 noon tomorrow!


I saw The Becky Buller Band (click for her website) at the Joe Val Festival last year, and was mightily impressed. Originally from St. James, Minnesota, she is an ebullient lady and bandleader, and a genuine triple threat musician, as fiddler, singer, and songwriter.  You’ll get a great taste of all three at the show Saturday evening.  She’ll have her terrific 2014 album, ‘Tween Earth and Sky for sale, too.

Opening for the Becky Buller Band will be long-time Boston stalwarts, True Life Bluegrass:

Founded in 1985 (at the first Joe Val Day), True Life Bluegrass has been dedicated to traditional bluegrass and gospel, with emphasis on lots of straight-ahead picking and excellent harmony singing.  The band consists of Boston-based bluegrass veterans such as Steve Watt (banjo & mandolin), Ellen Hays (guitar), Eric Levenson (bass), Tony Watt (mandolin & guitar), Michael Bean (Dobro), and Laura Orshaw (fiddle).

Details:

National Heritage Museum
(Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library)
33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA
7:30pm (box office opens at 6:30pm)
$27 for Members
$29 for Non-Members

For advance tickets to BBU Events, click HERE

PS For more on The Becky Buller Band (and photos!) see HERE.  /CL

 

Rare Stanley Brothers Radio Transcription—You Can Help Save It!

Yesterday, this note arrived from audio engineer Frank Cunningham:


Hi Lynn, your listeners might find this interesting:
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Photo copyright © The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Bristol, VA/Tenn. (January 10, 2018) – A rare transcription disc containing a live broadcast performance of The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the former WCYB Radio Farm and Fun Time show has been listed among the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Over time, the degradation of the fragile, lacquer disc recording has made it unplayable and its content unaccessible. A public vote will determine if the rare recording can be restored through grant funds from VAM, so the museum is asking for your help in securing enough votes to help them win $5,000 to preserve this valuable piece of American music history.

Frank continues:
Anyone who wants to vote, and one vote per day per device is permitted, may do so until January 24th, through this link:

http://www.vamuseums.org/?page=top10

I am not a disinterested party here because if the disk wins the vote, it is likely that I would do the digitization using the IRENE system at Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover. It cannot be “restored” but IRENE can play it optically.
I’ve seen photos of the disk. Both sides are partially delaminated, but it ain’t hopeless yet. Most of the grooves are intact and the biggest loose chunks can be pushed back into line closely enough that the rest can be done in software. There are 9 tracks altogether on two sides, the longest being ~3min. Only the music was recorded—this is not an “air-check” of the whole show.
beers,

(& Hoppy New Year)

-frank


Today is the 17th, so there is just one week until the 24th.  So go HERE and vote by typing in your email address; you’ll get a confirmation email, with a link that will record your vote.
Ralph and Carter Stanley, when they were first starting out in the late 1940s, got a coveted slot to perform live on WCYB’s mid-day ‘Farm and Fun Time’ program.  It had a great deal to do with their success, enabling them to get bookings in the towns where WCYB’s Bristol-based signal reached.
Rebel Records released an album of two complete 1949 Stanley Brothers ‘The Farm and Fun Time’ shows called Stanley Brothers on WCYB Bristol in 1988, so we do have some documentation of that period.  The image above shows four tracks on the currently unplayable transcription are not on that album.  I’ll update when I hear about the other side.
The transcription disc is at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol.  Their page about the transcription is HERE. You can cast your vote on that page as well.  /CL
UPDATE 18Jan: Here are closeups of the two labels.  Doesn’t look like any of these are on the Rebel album.  Note on S2 someone has noted ‘Trio’, ‘Quartet’, ‘pee wee’ (that would be Pee Wee Lambert, who played mandolin and often sang Monroe-style leads):
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From the Birthplace of Country Music Museum collection
Donated by Glen Harlow via Dean Casey
Photo by Glen Harlow

2017.4.1 Side B label - from donor_sm

From the Birthplace of Country Music Museum collection
Donated by Glen Harlow via Dean Casey
Photo by Glen Harlow

We’re Having a White Christmas!

And a houseful of kids, with Daughter Sarah visiting with her family (three boys) from Virginia, and Number Two Son Nathan and his crew (two boys, three girls) staying here while the house they bought in Dedham is undergoing remedial renovation.  Here some of the kids are looking at the snowbirds under the feeder:

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The older ones ventured out in the storm, which is tapering off as I write:

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Merry Christmas to all.  Hope you enjoyed the 2017 edition of the Hillbilly at Harvard Christmas Extravaganza Saturday morning, which of course we closed with The Stanley Brothers singing “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”  That was the impetus a few years ago for the blog post on the history of the song, our most-visited post to date.  So in recognition of the song’s enduring popularity, here’s Rhonda Vincent:

Ruth Rappaport & Ben Wetherbee at the Burren, Friday 15Dec17, 7-9 PM!

If you were listening this past Saturday (the 9th), you’d have heard Ruth Rappaport and son Ben Wetherbee tearin’ up Studio BC with some fine fiddle tunes and songs.  It was a lot of fun, and since they were nice enough to come down and entertain this weary DJ, I thought I should give them a little more billing here on the blog.  Here’s the info from the Country Callendar page:

Ruth Rappaport and Ben Wetherbee will be playing a show at The Burren’s back room on Friday, December 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Raucous old-time fiddling and heartfelt songs by a mother-and-son duo. 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville. For more info. call (617) 776-6896 or go to http://www.theburren.com.

Here they are from YouTube, playing the Lee Highway Blues:

Go by and tell ’em you heard them on Hillbilly at Harvard! /CL

Here’s The Opry Broadcast Schedule for 2017-2018

Met Calendar picThe Metropolitan Opera broadcast season begins December 2nd.  This year there are seven Saturdays starting earlier than 1:00 PM.  In all cases we subtract about 15 minutes from the Met starting time for David Elliott‘s Prelude to the Met.  Fans of grand opera (as it used to be called) should also remember to tune in to David’s enthralling Post-Met Vocal Program following each broadcast from Lincoln Center.

December 2
REQUIEM (Verdi)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

December 9
THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart) — Abridged English-language version
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15

December 16
NORMA (Bellini) — New production
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

December 23
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Mozart)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

December 30
THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehar)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

January 6
HANSEL AND GRETEL (Humperdinck)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

January 13
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Mascogni) / PAGLIACCI (Leoncavallo)
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15

January 20
THAIS (Massenet)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

January 27
TOSCA (Puccini) — New production
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

February 3
IL TROVATORE (Verdi)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

February 10
L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Donizetti)
12:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 11:45

February 17
PARSIFAL (Wagner)
11:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 11:15

February 24
LA BOHEME (Puccini)
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15

March 3
MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

March 10
SEMIRAMIDE (Rossini)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

March 17
ELEKTRA (R. Strauss)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

March 24
TURANDOT (Puccini)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

March 31
COSI FAN TUTTE (Mozart) — New production
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

April 7
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Donizetti)
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

April 14
LUISA MILLER (Verdi)
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15

April 21
THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (Adés) — New production/ Met premiere (18Nov17)
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15

April 28
CENDRILLON (Massenet) — New production/ Met premier
1:00 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:45

May 5
ROMEO ET JULLIETTE (Gounod)
12:30 —> Hillbilly at Harvard ends c. 12:15