Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 7: Oct 5 – Oct 7, 2007 Posted on September 25, 2007 by ullimike 3 Comments I will be ashamed of all of you if you don’t go see Jeff Tweedy for free next Friday. Rate this:Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
Good point, but . . .It would be even more of a shame to go to this festival just to see Jeff Tweedy, when the world’s best bluegrass musicians — and therefore, some of the world’s best musicians (full stop) — will be playing for free. Tweedy is talented — Del McCoury or Doc Watson he is not.
Right. I’m just saying, the last time I actually wanted to listen to Del McCoury was, well never. I’m realizing that I really don’t like music for the sake of “music” as much as I once thought I did. I have a sizeable jazz collection, that I rarely intentionally listen to. Lionel Hampton’s “On Green Dolphin Street” came up on the iPod on the way to work. Great, great! I really enjoyed it, and I’m glad I have it, but I never seek it out. I’d say Doc Watson gets a little more than Del McCoury for the sake of history, but honestly, I could go the rest of my life without listening to either. I’ve seen them both a number of occessions. Tweedy’s show at the Fillmore a couple years ago was one of the best contemporary things I’ve seen. Maybe he doesn’t have the grit or the stylistic uniformity of the bluegrass dudes, but whatever. I’m not interested in virtuosity or integrity any more. The real shame is how small I feel. World’s best musicians? Who gives a shit?
Yeah – I totally agree, both about how I used to try and how now I just don’t care as much to intentionally broaden my musical horizons. The difference is that I have a visceral attraction to bluegrass, often in spite of the virtuosity it breeds in its players. To me, Doc Watson and Del McCoury are both just great to listen to, in addition to being Eddie Van Halen-type freaks.