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Monday, 18 April 2016

Bluegrass Monday #6

Some hardcore bluegrass for you today courtesy of Arizona Smoke Review and their Best of Bluegrass which I got at a Library CD sale
Brothers Pete and Bill Zorn are joined by Phil Beer and Paul Downes. No vocals just relentless banjos,fiddles and mandolins,
For your listening pleasure here is the Duelling Banjos suite - a suite as opposed  to a medley as it includes a bit of Bach.
Of course thanks to the film Deliverance it is impossible to think of Duelling Banjos without thinking of in-breeding and mutilation

There is 55  minutes of music on the Arizona Smoke Review including Foggy Mountain Breakdown,Auld Lang Syne, The Orange Blossom Special , a Sailor's Hornpipe and the Battle of New Orleans.

Not sure if it's bluegrass but here is Johnny Horton with the definitive version of The Battle of New Orleans

Arizona Smoke Review - Duelling Banjos

Johnny Horton - The Battle of New Orleans


  1. The Arizona Smoke Review CD sounds like a good find judging by this selection and Johnny Horton? What's not to like?

  2. You are, of course, wrong, because Lonnie Donegan's version of the Battle Of NewOrleans is better than Johnny Horton's.

  3. Just read that Pete Zorn died yesterday aged 65.
    He was also a member of Richard Thompson's backing band and played with Steeleye Span
    Sad news