How many flat pickers does it take to change a lightbulb? At least five. One to change the bulb and four to say, “I can do that faster.” How many Eric Lamberts does it take to put a smile on your face? Just one. There is only one Eric “Feel Good” Lambert.
I have been around flat pickers for a long long time. I’ve attended the Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, KS, home of the National Flat Pick Championships, for over thirty years. I’ve seen ‘em pick faster than lightening…Continue
Posted on October 24, 2013 at 9:00pm
If you follow Roots music in the Old Time Country arena, then you’ve surely heard of Rural Grits Records and the Wilders. The Wilders hailed from Kansas City for 15 years, touring the country and the world, creating a loyal, dedicated and wild, loving fan-base. In 2011 the Wilders won the Independent Music Award for Best Country album for “The Wilders” (Free Dirt, 2011) The awards and nationally acclaimed appearances this band garnered are far too many to mention here. In 2011, Ike…Continue
Posted on September 14, 2013 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments
“Play it like it was wrote, boys,” Bill Monroe said.
“We never verbalized about an arrangement and the only requirement for a song to be in the band repertoire was that one person could perform it all the way through.” John Hartford said.
John who?The Father of Newgrass. The inadvertent shepherd of the Roots music movement, the bassy-voiced, dancing fiddler/banjo picking songwriter who put the American in Americana, the Free in Freedom when it came to music. John who?…Continue
Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments
The Mascot Theory. Now, that’s a name. I love band names that make me wonder. I asked band leader, Erik Kjelland, who is also the band’s chief songwriter, where the name came from. “My friend and I came up with the name "The Mascot Theory" in reference to the way he picks his NCAA Tournament brackets every year: which team's mascot would win in a street fight.”
“Under the Borrowed Moon” the band’s debut album, is a concept, 9 songs, all written by Erik, that deal with love,…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 2:00pm
When I hear the word “Texas”, I immediately think of “big” or “oil”, or “Longhorns” or “Lone star”, or “rich”. When I hear “Texas fiddle”, Texas dance music or “Swing” comes to mind, like the twin and triple fiddles of the Texas Playboys with Bob Wills calling out behind the vocals of Tommy Duncan singing “San Antonio Rose”, something like that. Well when I received The Old Texas Fiddle by Austin based fiddler/artist, Howard Rains, I sort of expected to hear some of the bouncy…Continue
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:00pm