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Gary Wilson

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Friday night, The Eye had the very rare honor of both catching the legendary Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates live in some strange small town, but we managed to get some on camera time.  You Think You Really Know Him is a feature-length documentary on Gary Wilson, completed a few years ago, but until that gets around to screening anywhere near you, we present this interview and live footage from a truly incredible man and awesome band.

Be careful of all the flour on the floor!

 

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The Boggs, "We Are The Boggs, We Are"
Arena Rock Recording Co.
My record collection reads like many other music-obsessed mid-20s male computer geeks (let's be honest). I've got loads of laptop generated music, a bunch of jazz (especially stuff on the 'fringe'), some good ol' Krautrock, not to mention the classics: Zeppelin, Floyd, etc, to name just a few of the genres represented on my shelf (but, I am proud to say, no Magnetic Fields or the like). But I'm lacking something integral in my record collection: BLUEGRASS. I was brought up in Appalachia, with bluegrass and old-time music around me my entire childhood. The lack of Louvin Brothers or Carter family records in my apartment is therefore appalling; I've always liked and appreciated bluegrass and old-time, and a good banjo player always knocks my socks off more than a flashy guitar player. So where are my Flatt & Scruggs LPs? It must be city life - how can I ever have "Knoxville Girl" in my head when I'm trying not to get hit by cabs as I speedwalk to the subway? All of this is leading up to the fact that I love this CD by The Boggs, who live in the same city I do and somehow find themselves inspired to pick up banjo, mandolin, etc and make some damned fine downhome bluegrass. On the cover of the album, the band looks like deceivingly like any other NYC band, possibly one that would make "dance music with a punk edge," but the Boggs couldn't be further from the typical NYC trend in bands. Though no one is going to confuse the Boggs with Doc Watson or Bill Monroe, this is straight up bluegrass, not 'alt country' or 'bluegrass-infused rock.' Usually, I make progression a priority in the music I like; that is to say, I like to use the argument, "Why listen to [new artist making music in an old style] when I could just listen to [artist from 20-50 years ago]?", but I find myself unable to justify that argument with the Boggs. Maybe I like them so much because there aren't too many people up north making music coming from an Appalachian influence (though I must admit I don't know the true roots of the members of the Boggs). In a city overflowing with bands aping bands that ape 20 years ago, it's refreshing to hear a group whose music isn't dictated by their surroundings.

 

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