Sunday, February 7, 2010


I have a confession.  I am a closet Appalachia/Bluegrass music fan.  I know, I know, but something about that banjo and the dulcimer.  You know, like the music in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Someday I would love to research the origins of it.  The Music, not the movie.  The inspiration for that is Homer.  Noah laughs at me when I say stuff like that.  But I am serious.  You know, when I have brain space again.  If I would have to guess, I would say there is a fair amount of Irish influence.  Think of it, with all that fiddle.

So this afternoon after succumbing to the bananas that were starring at me (I'll be gone all day tomorrow, the least I could do is leave them a batch of banana bread muffins), I turned on our "local" public radio station and was greeted by the banjo, fiddle, and a little duclimer.  I must admit, I felt a bit hillbilly.  But I kinda like that feeling on a Sunday afternoon.

And as I mixed and mashed, I looked down ans saw I was dressed for the part as well.  Here I was, listening to the banjo, tapping my toes, and I also had on my apron made out of a 1930's feed sack.  The one from a Purian chick starter feed bag.

Hillbilly I tell ya.


  1. Liz...I thought you'd never ask!

    Hillbilly music originated in the Appalachian mountains and is actually a melding of two seemingly discordant genres of music. Irish Folk music and the music of African American slaves. The banjo was most likely derived from an instrument that was originally fashioned on slave plantations.

    For more info, check out "Everybody Wants to go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die or the Eschatology of Bluegrass" by David Crowder. I know that Cody owns a copy and would be able to lend it probably.

  2. Rob! Thanks for the music history lesson! See I thought there was the Irish thing in there! And yes, I know some of David Crowder's bluegrass's good!

  3. HA! The picture of your chick feed apron just completed the whole story. That is AMAZING. ;) I'm totally with you on the bluegrass. I love Alison Krauss, and this past summer when Jeremy and I drove down to South Carolina, we really enjoyed the bluegrass interlude as we were passing through the Great Smokey Mountains. :)

  4. I secretly love banjos!! Rob's family travel and sing and play all kinds of instruments (very bluegrass) and always a good time!

  5. Now I've read that the mountain people/bluegrass influence is Scottish descent. That's close to Ireland, I guess.
    (I love that music, too!!!)


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