We surpassed our goal! We are now in the process of assembling the booklet and creating the artwork! Thank you to all of our supporters and backers!
David Bragger & Susan Platz are recording the 1st double fiddle CD in old-time music! Drawing from many inspirations such as Dan Gellert & Brad Leftwich, Rafe & Clelia Stefanini, Spencer & Rains, Joel Savoy & Linzay Young and Dennis McGee & Sady Courville, the Bragger & Platz duo decided to make this album. They bring the rich rhythms and harmonies, often found in Cajun fiddling, to some rare and classic tunes from the old-time fiddle canon. They are asking for help from the old-time music community to make it happen.
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The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. They’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.
The music of The Foghorn Stringband revolves around four master musicians: Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) and Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), and Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of The Foghorn Stringband comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s Eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78.
Onstage, The Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon.
To Foghorn, this music is as relevant today as it was a century ago. They see themselves not as revivalists, but as curators and ardent fans, and their music is a celebration of these roots. From their origins in Portland Oregon’s underground roots music scene in the late 90s and early 00s, when members of today’s hot bands like The Decemberists and Blind Pilot were gathering to explore the roots of American folk music, The Foghorn Stringband have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they’ve brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes now rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs, and pre-bluegrass picking. This is the kind of bubbling musical brew which first intoxicated the American mainstream in the day.
I’ll never forget the first time I heard Trevor and Travis. I was 18, freshly arrived in North Carolina to attend college outside of Asheville. I was obsessed with old-time music, had been listening to it my entire life, but I’d never heard anything like the Stuart brothers. I was bowled over. Graceful and groovy, delicate yet driving, fresh as well as timeless — music that could make you dance or stop you in your tracks. Or both.
The sound of Trevor and Travis Stuart playing together will always be one of my favorite sounds. This document of the two of them is gorgeous and intimate. I’m so glad it exists. –Rayna Gellert
North Carolina’s Trevor and Travis Stuart represent the pinnacle of traditional North Carolina old-time fiddle/banjo duet playing. Here they are playing 23 majestic pieces under the microphones and camera lens of David Bragger at the Tiki Parlour in May of 2015. Tragically, Trevor passed away the following March causing shockwaves in the old-time community that will be forever felt.
This marks the final release of their duet playing without any accompaniment or audience. The brothers sat down and played classics from their repertoire while being carefully filmed in the intimacy of this magical space. Beautiful close-ups of hands and instruments decorate the experience of taking in their exquisite natural music. These are truly some of the finest fiddle/banjo duets ever recorded.
“Tricia Spencer’s own deep family fiddling roots and Howard Rains’ passion for saving old Texas music from extinction come together in this beautiful collection of tunes, songs and paintings. I immediately had the feeling of being invited into something very musically personal and special. Strong harmonies and nice, tight playing, congratulations on a fabulous project.” –Bruce Molsky
The Skeleton Keys, (2017) Spencer & Rains and the Old Time Tiki Parlour present seventeen tracks of old time music, each song collaboratively illustrated by Tricia and Howard in a full color, 40-page book, bound in a beautiful, 7.25”x5.5” letter press cover. The recording also features Charlie & Nancy Hartness on uke and guitar respectively, Brendan Doyle on banjo, and Emily Mann on bass.
Printed and hand assembled by Stumptown Printers in Portland, OR on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks.
1. Get Up in the Cool
2. Walk Around My Bedside
3. Cumberland Gap
4. Gone Indian
5. Tom Sherman’s Barroom
6. Miller Boy
7. I Truly Understand
8. Stony Point
9. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
11. Billy in the Lowground
12. When First Unto this Country
13. Good Ol’ Cider
14. Creek’s All Muddy
15. Walk Around My Bedside (waltz)
16. Big Powwow