Rockgrass?

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Rockgrass?

Post by bassist1962 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:05 pm

Hey all! I am considering putting together a group with bluegrass instrumentation, but playing the classic rock music that I know so well. kind of Hayseed Dixie or Iron Horse, or Pickin' On, but with more the straight ahead rock arrangements, instead of trying to convert them to the bluegrass style, sometimes that just doesn't work. What do you all think? would this work. Just to be clear, I am not attempting to jump on any band wagon, I Have always liked rock music, but could never stand the volume levels, and I am getting to old to continue down the regular rock road.
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by kay8013 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:42 pm

I think this is actually very a cool idea......if you have the right venues to support it.

"Most" typical bluegrass venues, at least where I live, would not be supportive,...... but there are several clubs & pubs that most likely would embrace an ensemble like you're talking about.

The band I'm in is mostly very traditionally rooted.
That said, there is a great local brew pub that we play in often, and once we did "House of the Rising Sun" with a resounding response. Since then I've wondered if we could pull off some other rock tunes there with our traditional bluegrass instruments. I have a feeling that it would be well received there.

If you decide to try it, please keep us informed how its going.
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by lowendrick » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:01 pm

That ain't no part of nothin ;) :lol:

Actually, I get to do a bit of both. I play in a very traditional bluegrass band where we never stray from Monroe, F & S, The Stanleys etc.....and another band that does just about anything

case in point http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFGw7nk0 ... ture=share
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by bassist1962 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:20 pm

Rick, that is what I am talking about. that was fairly straight ahead, but with the Appilachian instrumentation. I myself am into The Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Blue Oyster Cult, The Who and Rush, among others. I think a Bluegrass/Celtic version of Working Man, or Let it Ride would be kinda cool.
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Post by bustamelon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:35 pm

In case it went by too fast, that was our very own Lowendrick backing up Jonathan Edwards on his anti-war hit, 'Sunshine' !!!

Very nice, sir.

Bassist1962, go for it!
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I myself always felt that Rush needed more banjo.
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by kay8013 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:38 pm

bustamelon wrote:In case it went by too fast, that was our very own Lowendrick backing up Jonathan Edwards on his anti-war hit, 'Sunshine' !!!

Very nice, sir.
Very nice indeed!
bustamelon wrote:I myself always felt that Rush needed more banjo.
That's what I'm talking about!
bustamelon wrote: Bassist1962, go for it!
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I always thought it was "Joke'em if they can't take a f***"! :shock: :twisted:
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by bassist1962 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:18 am

Thanks for all the encouragement. I have a hard time finding musicians in my area that have any sort of vison, so this may take awhile.
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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by kenbear » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:54 pm

We do some acoustic "old rock" ( mostly '50's things, Chuck Berry, Elvis, etc...) and it seems to go over pretty well in our area. A good country song done acoustically seems to go over good for us too. We played a Bluegrass festival this weekend and did Third Rate Romance on stage, folks really liked it. I think it would be a good thing.

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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by cathead77 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:56 pm

I really enjoyed that clip, Rick!

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Re: Rockgrass?

Post by lowendrick » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:15 pm

cathead77 wrote:I really enjoyed that clip, Rick!
Thanks Cat, that really means a lot to me.
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