Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:20

Foghorn Stringband 2/14/13 + Video

Foghorn Stringband 2/14/13 Mike Melnyk / foghornstringband.com
Written by Glen Herbert
Rate this item
(4 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: February 14, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Foghorn Stringband
  • Hosting Show: Down Yonder
  • Sound: Andy essay writer Coco and Cory Tarrant
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

The Foghorn Stringband is an example of a growing interest in the music of the '20s and '30s, music created at a time when roots music was less formal and formalized.

Streaming Audio

Acoustic instruments predominated because that's all there were. Retrospectively, we can look back and organize by genre, separating the old time from the folk, but back then it was all just music. And, we can take that even further: it was pop music, though from a time before it was enveloped by industry.

"Stagger Lee," the song that begins this set, is a great example of the period. Harry Smith included a version of that song, titled "Stakerlee," in his "Anthology of American Folk Music," sung by Frank Hutchinson. That version sounds archaic to us today, but it was a professional pop recording of its time -- inasmuch as such a thing existed. The Foghorn Stringband performs it beautifully, letting the song and the feel of the music really speak for itself.

That song remained in the hands of the folk community, though another song in this set, "Homestead on the Farm," eventually became more-or-less the property of the bluegrass crowd via a popular recording made by the Carter Family, a band that was in it's time as famous as Michael Jackson was in his. It's another example of how the genre divisions that we have today weren't always with us, and actually probably don't serve us all that well.

In any case, we can look at the history of all of this, and there is a certain fun or gee-whiz quality to all of that, but the Foghorn Stringband thankfully doesn't treat the music as a museum exhibit. Rather, they bring it life through an honest and careful virtuosity. At the end of the day it's just great stuff. This material, and indeed everything they lay their hands on, is a delight.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

April
Friday
03

New Music Circle presents On Fillmore with Glen Kotche and Darin Gray

On Fillmore is the multi-instrumental duo of bassist Darin Gray (Edwardsville/St. Louis) and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Chicago). They've been dubbed “the rhythm section’s revenge” by Jim O’Rourke, when...


April
Saturday
04

Brunch at the Stage: Riverside Wanderers

KDHX is now curating a Saturday brunch series at the Stage with live music from local musicians and delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks from the Magnolia Café. Brunch at the Stage takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m....


April
Saturday
04

Vocal Workshop with Bernice Hembree

Folk School - a service of 88.1 KDHX In this vocal workshop we will attempt to fine-tune your vocal skills. You will learn new technique to improve your sound, and shape your voice by adding color and depth to your sound. Group work will focus on harmony singing and...


Online Users

7 users and 11000 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook