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robbif - Posted - 01/04/2011: 14:22:26
I'm not a mando player but I have lots of audio and video recordings I wanted to share with you.
You'll find a lot of mandolin in there.
Please help yourself.
Edited by - robbif on 12/01/2013 11:27:26
robbif - Posted - 01/13/2011: 07:28:22
With a very big thank you to Dave Snyder, I'm now able to share a lot more of the late Al Osteen's music at
robbif - Posted - 05/05/2011: 06:37:12
I just "discovered" (read "finally got around to digging out") a 7½ inch tape reel that I thought I should capture while my 40-year-old
Revox deck is still working.
I found a 28-minute stereo set of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. There's more mono stuff on the other side that I hope to eventually
clean up and make available.
Meanwhile, the 1st set is at frobbi.org/audio/Monroe-Watson...969-1.mp3
and also available on my Picking Page at frobbi.org/picking.html in the "From My Friends" section.
I'm not completely sure who gave me the tape, but when I do I'll add a thanks on the Picking Page.
As always, please enjoy!
robbif - Posted - 05/05/2011: 08:20:37
Wow, mystery partially solved. I got this answer on BanjoHangout:
Hey Fred...the Watson-Monroe set you have is a recording I did at Bean Blossom on June 21, 1969. This was from the Saturday morning workshops and I have all of the other workshop sets recorded from 1969 Beanblossom as well. It was recorded using a Sony 4-track reel-to-reel deck with 2 Sure SM 58 microphones on gooseneck stands (that's the creaking sound you hear when someone moves them closer to an instrument). The tape has been circulated a lot after I gave a few people copies, so I'm not sure where you got yours...but that's where it came from. The copy you have has a good bit of hiss that is not on the original tape...I assume from multi-generation copying on tape. If you want a first generation digital copy with out the hiss...let me know.
robbif - Posted - 05/06/2011: 16:02:21
You want more music? I've got more music.
Ken Landreth ( oldfive.com ) has graciously offered to digitize and send
me even more of his collection.
In the past, Ken provided me the Union Grove 1966 program scans ( frobbi.org/ug66/ )
and some of the music of Al Osteen ( frobbi.org/alosteen.html ).
Since I "discovered" a copy of some 1969 Bean Blossom workshops only a few days ago,
Ken not only pointed out that he made the originals, but offered them to me for posting. So already,
in addition to the Bill Monroe/Doc Watson workshop, Ken has given me two more:
Don Reno/Doc Watson and Don Reno! You can now find all 3 at frobbi.org/kenbeanblossom.html
as well as on my Picking Page ( frobbi.org/picking.html ) in the "From My Friends"
section under "The Ken Landreth Collection"...where there's going to be even more festivals and
misc. recordings very soon!
So stay tuned!
I have to repeat my thanks to Ken. I'm very happy and proud to be involved in sharing his collection
alongside my amateur stuff.
As always, ENJOY!
robbif - Posted - 05/08/2011: 19:10:53
robbif - Posted - 05/20/2011: 06:10:06
I moved the Byron Berline & Gold Rush videos from my website to YouTube for better quality and faster streaming.
Last summer, Byron came to Poughkeepsie, NY, at my request, and with the hard work of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, gathered some great local musicians for a concert.
The video was shot by Steve Jacobi.
robbif - Posted - 05/20/2011: 06:15:27
I've also moved the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association's Bluegrass in the Schools videos to YouTube.
Check out the mandolin demonstration by Wayne Fugate at frobbi.org/bgschools/bgschools...bass.html
The rest of the series, including a culminating presentation by Special Consensus (in the 1st web video approved by the band)
robbif - Posted - 05/21/2011: 07:29:42
Check out the new artwork from Greg "grich" Rich on my
Picking Page ...
robbif - Posted - 05/25/2011: 09:15:25
robbif - Posted - 06/01/2011: 09:00:17
robbif - Posted - 06/13/2011: 13:41:33
We're all very lucky that Ken Landreth is back and his tape recorder is fixed.
With a lot of work, he's given me some more great, historic, high-quality recordings.
Added to the Landreth Collection are Carlton Haney's Berryville 1969 with the Story of Bluegrass and Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom 1971.
The Bean Blossom 1971 series has Ralph Stanley (with Skaggs & Whitley), Jimmy Martin (with Alan Munde), Jim & Jesse, and the Country Gentlemen.
I'm proud to have these gems on my website!
Check out the entire collection at http://frobbi.org/landrethcollection.html
...and stay tuned for more!
robbif - Posted - 06/14/2011: 05:51:32
Mandolin Ant - Posted - 06/14/2011: 10:06:50
Man that's some pretty cool stuff.
robbif - Posted - 06/17/2011: 05:10:11
robbif - Posted - 06/21/2011: 08:52:24
robbif - Posted - 06/26/2011: 14:02:47
robbif - Posted - 06/28/2011: 07:03:36
robbif - Posted - 06/30/2011: 06:03:41
robbif - Posted - 07/05/2011: 08:28:50
robbif - Posted - 07/07/2011: 16:52:13
Here are the latest Ken Landreth Collection updates in the last few days:
June 21, 1969 Bean Blossom
-Bluegrass Story - Part 1
-Bluegrass Story - Part 2
July 4, 1969 Berryville
-Jimmy Arnold & Wesley Golding, Evening
-Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Evening
-Bill Monroe Late Night Jam Session
Aug 31, 1969 Camp Springs Sunday Morning Hymn Sing
-Jim Eanes & the Shenandoah Valley Cutups
-Don Reno, Bill Harrell & the Tennessee Cutups
-Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Quartet
robbif - Posted - 07/09/2011: 14:36:38
I'm pleased to announce the inauguration of a new audio series: The Phil Zimmerman Collection.
Phil has started us out with a gem from the 1969 Berryville Festival.
You'll hear Mike Seeger and Maybelle Carter warming up backstage, then Mike,
Maybelle, and Bill Monroe onstage!
It all starts at http://frobbi.org/zimmermancollection.html
As always, you can also find it on my Picking Page at http://frobbi.org/picking.html
in the "From My Friends" section.
I'll be adding more detail when possible. Corrections and historical background are welcome.
robbif - Posted - 07/11/2011: 14:29:33
Below are the latest recordings in the Ken Landreth Collection. They're from Bean Blossom 1969...
- Banjo Contest with competitors Alan Munde, Richard Smith, Paul Wiley, Earl Sneed, Larry Marshall, Louis Pope Joy, & Butch Robins
- Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys & Guests Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Tex Logan, Roger Smith, Birch Monroe, Roger Sprung, Vivian & Phil Williams, Roger Billin, & Mike Seeger
robbif - Posted - 07/24/2011: 10:01:48
I forgot to add:
Edited by - robbif on 07/24/2011 10:38:36
robbif - Posted - 07/25/2011: 16:38:21
I thought yesterday's Landreth Collection update was big...until Ken sent me much more 1971 Bean Blossom overnight.
There are three sets from July 17 and eighteen additional sets from June 19.
Again, they're all at http://frobbi.org/audio/landreth/BeanBlossom1971/index.html
And just a while ago, Akira Otsuka and his brother Josh (both former members of the Japanese group Bluegrass 45 that wowed US audiences in the 1970s) discovered a film of that festival at
robbif - Posted - 07/26/2011: 07:34:03
robbif - Posted - 08/19/2011: 12:43:06
I just found some more of my cassettes.
I think this is an historic recording I'm happy to share with you.
Wilma Lee & the Clinch Mountain Clan at the Berkshire Mtns Bluegrass Festival 1977
Butch Robins - banjo
Jim Brock, Jr. - bass
"Woody Paul" Chrisman & Tex Logan- fiddles
Gene Wooten - dobro
Announced by Don Stover
This was just a few months after Stoney passed away.
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mtn. Boys at Berkshire Mtns. Festival 1977
Renfro Profit - lead guitar
Keith Whitley - guitar
Curly Ray Cline - fiddle
Jack Cooke - bass
Tony Trischka & Bela Fleck at Winterhawk 1992...
As always, they're also available on my Picking page at frobbi.org/picking.html
robbif - Posted - 10/02/2011: 13:52:26
As usual, after I thought I'd found them all, I "discovered" 2 more cassettes. Actually, one was already digitized and the other
was in a stack right next to the computer. What great organization!
Anyway, here are two recordings of Peter Rowan and Tex Logan from the 1979 Berkshire Mountains Bluegrass Festival.
Lamar Grier is on banjo, and his son David comes up for one number in Set 1.
Set 1: http://frobbi.org/audio/Rowan-Logan-Berkshire1979.mp3
As always, the links are available on my Picking Page at http://frobbi.org/picking.html
I didn't remember who was on bass and guessed Barry Mitterhoff was on mandolin.
I received a quick answer from picker/photog Phil Zimmerman:
"This picture (top of the page) is from July 4, 1978... very likely the same band as your Berkshire Mtns tape:"
I probably guessed correctly about Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin and it looks like Roger Mason on bass.
I then realized I might've been able to guess from my 1980 photo...
Lamar Grier, Tex Logan, Roger Mason, Peter Rowan, Amanda Rowan, Barry Mitterhoff
robbif - Posted - 10/08/2011: 05:28:58
Just a reminder, all of my Grey Fox videos (2003 - present) are on one YouTube playlist. ..
A couple more from 2011 are added each week as they are released via the Grey Fox video blog...
Edited by - robbif on 10/08/2011 05:35:05
robbif - Posted - 10/12/2011: 08:19:43
Finally I have some more of Ken Landreth's Recording Collection.
Thanks to his hard work you can now hear the 1969 Bean Blossom Sunday Hymn Program.
In this case, the tapes were given to Ken a long time ago by Barbara Thomas of Tahlequah, OK.
Due to possible rain the program was moved to the Barn with less seating, and Monroe requested that
no tape recorders be allowed except for that of Mike Seeger. But Thomas was still able to make a recording.
The tape quality is not great, but at least the program has been documented.
The entire Landreth collection (so far) is at http://frobbi.org/landrethcollection.html
robbif - Posted - 10/14/2011: 04:40:53
In keeping with the Hymn Program theme, here is my contribution from the 1980 Berkshire Mountains Bluegrass Festival...
Del McCoury: http://frobbi.org/audio/Berkshire80-Gospel-DelMcCoury.mp3
(sorry, incomplete when I ran out of tape)
Buck White, Sharon, Cheryl, Skaggs, Douglas: http://frobbi.org/audio/Berkshire80-Gospel-BuckWhite-RickySkaggs.mp3
As usual, it's also on my Picking Page at http://frobbi.org/picking.html
robbif - Posted - 10/16/2011: 13:47:10
Please help yourself to my latest addition,
Buck White with Ricky Skaggs
from 1978 at the Towne Crier, then in Beekman, NY.
I think Buck does some of the most beautiful and tasteful mando I've ever heard. I know some of it comes from his piano playing, which you'll
hear a little of, to the thrill of the intimate crowd....and me!
Also on my Picking Page
robbif - Posted - 10/23/2011: 05:32:24
robbif - Posted - 11/13/2011: 07:18:18
Just a reminder...
Please help yourself to all of the audio and video recordings on my Picking Page.
robbif - Posted - 12/02/2011: 04:29:23
robbif - Posted - 12/05/2011: 05:28:00
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robbif - Posted - 12/10/2011: 06:56:39
These videos aren't mine, but I though I'd re post them.
Good friend Akira Otsuka tells the stories of John Duffey and his mandolins...
robbif - Posted - 12/16/2011: 14:59:27
Rockin' Acoustic Circus - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Grey Fox 2011 Masters Stage
robbif - Posted - 12/21/2011: 10:29:09
Spinney Brothers - I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky - Grey Fox 2011 Masters Stage
gsdauria - Posted - 01/04/2012: 17:36:41
Hey robbif these are great thank you for posting I enjoyed listening and watching.
robbif - Posted - 01/04/2012: 17:45:43
Originally posted by gsdauria
Hey robbif these are great thank you for posting I enjoyed listening and watching.
You're welcome....and Welcome!
robbif - Posted - 02/07/2012: 16:59:23
I just discovered this videotape of the 2007 Grey Fox Banjo Masters: Greg Liszt, Pete Wernick, & Doc Cullis..
robbif - Posted - 02/08/2012: 13:55:54
Here's the other tape I just found...
robbif - Posted - 02/12/2012: 09:43:16
Eddie Shelton-banjo, Bill Pogue-mandolin, Travis Stewart-guitar.
I'm thrilled to announce that I've made the complete record album available at http://frobbi.org/cutups-record.html
I couldn't have done it without the help of Travis' son Dennis who provided me the audio; and Eddie Shelton's daughter Linda Shelton Brown who provided the album cover image.
By the way, don't forget Dennis had already provided me with the video of the Cut-Ups' TV commercials: http://frobbi.org/cutups.html
robbif - Posted - 06/14/2012: 15:06:12
I'm proud to announce I've now been able to start another series of bluegrass recordings,
thanks to another well-known picker.
This time it's the "Doc Hamilton Collection". frobbi.org/hamiltoncollection.html
It starts out with Doc's blockbuster recordings of Flatt & Scruggs in Houston, 1966 and 1967.
The 1967 set has two songs by guests Doc & Merle Watson.
These recordings are obviously even more appropriate with our recent loss of Earl and Doc.
As always, the link is also available on my Picking Page at frobbi.org/picking.html
in the From My Friends section.
There will be more to come.
My sincere thanks to Doc for taking the time to allow us to share his treasures with all of you in the
robbif - Posted - 06/15/2012: 18:12:01
Doc Hamilton has come up with two more gems:
Flatt & Scruggs WSAZ 1959
Flatt & Scruggs WSM 1963
They're at http://frobbi.org/hamiltoncollection.html
robbif - Posted - 06/16/2012: 17:54:07
robbif - Posted - 06/18/2012: 15:01:53
First of all you're welcome to download any of my recordings.
Recently I've gotten several queries of how to go about it.
So I've added some brief instructions: frobbi.org/downloading.html
There's also a link to the instructions on my Picking Page: frobbi.org/picking.html
robbif - Posted - 06/19/2012: 05:29:05
I just received an unexpected treat from an old friend in Clemson.
Bob King sent me his 1986 recording of Doc Watson at the Paramount Theatre
in Peekskill, NY. It's in stunning quality, directly from the sound board...
once some adjustments were made.
Part 1 frobbi.org/audio/king/docwatso...86-1a.mp3
Part 2 frobbi.org/audio/king/docwatso...86-1b.mp3
Part 3 frobbi.org/audio/king/docwatso...986-2.mp3
It's also in the "From My Friends" section on my Picking Page frobbi.org/picking.html
My big, big thanks to Bob for this wonderful surprise!
robbif - Posted - 07/06/2012: 04:27:45
I've just had the pleasure of adding the Ken Hydinger Collection to my recordings.
Ken's given us a Jimmy Martin set from Bill Monroe's 1996 Bean Blossom,
only 2 days before Monroe's death. Read Ken's account on the web page.
As always, Ken's collection is also on my Picking Page
frobbi.org/picking.html in the From My Friends section.
Thanks, Ken, and enjoy, everyone!
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