and the Devil himself...

and the Devil himself...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Newgrass Festival Spotlight - Sam Bush

Last night's artists included the founder of Newgrass himself, Sam Bush. From Bowling Green, Bush, a member of Newgrass Revival along with Bela Fleck. The band toured with Leon Russell for several years. He was also a part of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers and frequently performed with Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck's Flecktones. Bush, 'The Father of Newgrass', has worked with Doc Watson, David Grisman, Dolly Parton and many others.

Check out his website: Sam Bush Official 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Farewell Drifters at Merlefest 2009 Midnight Jam

Newgrass Festival Spotlight - The Farewell Drifters

The International Newgrass Festival opened last night with The Greencards, Acts of Congress, The Vespers and one of my favorite bands from Nashville, The Farewell Drifters. The Drifters, features: Zach Bevill: lead vocals, guitars, banjo, Joshua Britt: mandolin, vocals, Clayton Britt: lead guitars, vocals, Christian Sedelmyer: violin, vocals,Dean Marold: upright bass, vocals. Their third album, Echo Boom has both Roots and Folk influences.  Check them out!.

International Bluegrass Festival Schedule


noon- Hazel Johnson Band
2pm - Act of Congress
4pm - The Vespers
6pm - The Farewell Drifters
8pm - The Greencards

noon - Ryan Cavanaugh & No Mans Land
2pm - Dread Clampitt
4pm - Curtis Burch Band
6pm - Sierra Hull & Highway 111
8pm - Sam Bush Band
10pm - Sam Bush Jam


noon - Nedski and Mojo with Jana
2pm - Sydni Perry and Cafe Blue
4pm - Rocking Acoustic Circus
6pm - Dread Clampitt (with guests from Duckbutter)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Film of La Belle Otéro - Carolina Otéro (1868-1965)

Twelve Saints and Sinners by Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple has been doing an amazing series of drawings entitled 'Saints and Sinners' that I positively adore! Here are a few of my favorites, along with links to more about the subjects and their fascinating lives.

La Belle Otero, 'The Suicide Queen'

Hassan I Sabbah, the Old Man of the Mountain 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Helen Kane, the Real Life Betty Boop

Actress Helen Kane, the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoons, never received royalties or credit for them. A striking and unique performer who began in Vaudeville, she was too 20s for the 30s and her career, sadlly, fizzled.