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MILESTONE--So, it seems Andy and Barney have to head on over to the Darlings’ place to help with a dispute between the clan’s head, Briscoe, and his rock-throwing and vexatious neighbor, "Ernest T. Bass.” Golly asks Andy, couldn’t you boys a’ jus taken care of old Bass yerself? “Well, Briscoe replies, "we thought about killing him... Kinda hated to go that far." Mayberry’s sheriff and his assistant ultimately straighten things out, but not before the Darlings, (Doug and Rodney Dillard and the rest of the boys in the band), treat the two with a little rendition of Dooley. It’s March 18, 1963 and the LA-based group is seen and heard by more people during a single performance than any other bluegrass band in the history of the planet. All told, the Dillard’s will sing and pick fourteen songs in six AGS episodes over a three-year period. What songs were they, you ask? Click here.
MOLDY’S LIST FOR THE DAY--Songs Performed by Dillards on the Andy Griffith Show:
There is a Time
Boil Them Cabbage Down
Stay all Night (Stay a Little Longer)
Low and Lonely
Banjo in the Hollow
Ol' Joe Clark
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
Old pals or mere acquaintances? The philosophical debate between Mark O’Connor and the fine folks over at Suzuki regarding how to teach kiddies to learn to play the fiddle seem to have taken yet another nasty turn…from O'Connor’s blog--"Suzuki relates that he was introduced to Einstein by a Professor Michaelis, who had met Shin’ichi’s father in Nagoya and asked Einstein to act as his “guardian” when he himself accepted an invitation to teach at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.(12) This account does not square with known facts." ---Margaret Mehl, Dr. Phil. (Bonn), Dr. Phil. (Copenhagen) Suzuki spent a few hours with the physicist Dr. Albert Einstein to sell him a violin in 1926. Thirty years later when Suzuki had an opportunity to sell his teaching materials to the West, he turned those few hours with Einstein into a full-blown "relationship." He claimed Einstein as his "guardian" and mentor, spending significant amounts of time with him and in the process beefing up his credentials to sell his educational materials to the West. American publishers and marketers included Einstein's name along with Suzuki's in articles and in books beginning in the 1960s with impunity, Einstein having died just a few years earlier. Posing as someone with great intellectual and philosophical capacity, Suzuki marketed himself to American teachers, hoping to make up for the fact that his own violin playing was weak and he did not have a prodigy he could boast as his own student. We have since discovered that Suzuki never did attend college, so he could not have received a PhD. We further learned that he flunked his entrance exam into Berlin's music conservatory in the 1920s, according to their own school records. A sobering story is unfolding of fraudulent activities in order to get ahead.” Do not, I repeat, DO NOT get Mark po’d.
But if you do, send him a box of chocolates--“Natural compounds in dark chocolate found to increase calmness: Research published in the May issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found cocoa polyphenols have a positive impact on mood in healthy individuals. ‘To our knowledge, this is the first randomized, controlled trial to substantiate the effects of cocoa polyphenols on positive mood states in a non-clinical sample,’ Matthew P. Pase of Swinburne University in Australia and his colleagues wrote in their study.
Well, if the mother of the bride is a queen, of course the wedding will be royal.--“A royal bluegrass wedding in Tennessee”, writes John Lawless. “So now both of Rhonda’s daughters are married to members of her band. One wonders… does this mean that Hunter and Brent have jobs for life, or merely they will be watched like a hawk at work and at home? Tensel Lea Sandker and Brent Matthew Burke exchanging vows (April 14, 2013) Rhonda Vincent, the reigning Queen of Bluegrass, celebrated the marriage of her youngest daughter Tensel this past Sunday to Brent Burke, who plays reso-guitar in Vincent’s band. For those formally-minded: Tensel Lea Sandker and Brent Matthew Burke were married April 14, 2013 in Gallatin, TN. The wedding and reception were held at The Grand Inheritance, an historic property currently owned by bluegrass/Gospel artists Mike and Brenda Scott…Music during the ceremony was provided by The Isaacs, with the assistance of Josh Williams.” Oh, you say you forgot to send a wedding present? No fear, bring it along to Grass Valley and you can send it home with mom, who’ll be knocking them out of the park on Thursday and Friday nights. Click here.
And if it’s local royalty your looking for-Congratulations to Jenny Lynn Williams, (granddaughter of King Vern the First and daughter of Crown Prince Del), and Matt Dudman. They’s tied the knot and we’re happy for them.
What's up, you ask?Peter T. has, as , fortunately for us all, he is accustomed to do, refreshed his Bay Area Bluegrass calendar. A few dates that stand out…
May 20: Windy Hill - Amnesia, SF
May 21: Cabin Fever - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
May 22: Loganville - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
May 23 JimBo Trout/Fishpeople - Lagunitas Brewery, Petaluma
May 23: Jinx Jones & Jessica Rose - Atlas Cafe, SF
May 23: Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
May 24: Windy Hill - Club Fox, Redwood City
May 25: Beargrass Creek - Mission Pizza, Fremont
May 26 (noon): Dark Hollow - The Sand Dollar, Stinson Beach
May 27: The Earl Brothers - Amnesia, SF
May 28: Windy Hill - Sam's BBQ, San Jose
May 29: Matt & George & Pleasant Valley Boys - Sam's BBQ
May 29: Bangers/Grass (Bill Evans/Friends) - Kensington Pub
May 30: Blue & Lonesome - Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma
May 31: David Thom Band - Murphy's Sonoma
Do you know…probably you don't…that Peter Thompson has spent the past forty years helping people like you and me get in touch with our inner bluegrass selves. Click here.
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