Alison Brown & the Compass Bluegrass Allstars featuring Bobby Osborne
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
San Francisco, Ca
October 7, 2017
Recorded by Daspyknows
Recorded from dead center half way between stage and sbd (appx 50 feet)
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After a long drive home due to traffic I got home, I verified all the recordings
came out without obvious issues and figured out my pre-amp was the problem. After
a few hundred shows stuff happens. I got to sleep late and alarm was set for 5:30
to arrive by 7. I turnedover at about 4:30 and looked at my phone. Ted had put
the tarps down but said security had threatened to remove them. Oh shit, need to
get moving now in case we lost our tarps. I found parking and got to Banjo stage
in the dark about 6:20. I put another blanket down further back since it was
still dark. As it started to get light I found the tarp in the right spot. I
also took care of the third stage where blankets aren't allowed until morning.
Met up with some other tapers at the stop to create a "tapers section". First
band of the day was Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck. Starting Saturday at the
Banjo Stage with banjo music. A fun set to start the day.
"B�la Fleck & Abigail Washburn
B�la, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with 15 multicategory
Grammy wins, and Abigail, a formidable talent in songwrit- ing, theater,
performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a
fortuitous pairing. Their self titled album is a culmination like no other."
Next up was Tim O'Brien. I have seen him a couple of times over the years because
he is playing either before or after someone I want to see. I always enjoy his
sets but he gets the benefit of scheduling.
"Tim O�Brien Band
Grammy winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O�Brien grew up
singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a
lifelong devotee of old time and blue- grass music. His newest release is Where
the River Meets the Road."
The third band was Peter Rowan's Dharma Blues with Jack Cassady. I was excited
for this set so I could see Jack acoustic on Saturday and electric on Sunday.
This set was lots of fun. Peter Rowan who played with Jerry Garcia in Old and
In the Way many years ago put on a lively set with Jack Cassady. I could tell
I was not the only one in the crowd that really enjoyed this set.
"Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady"
Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass
singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years
playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his
stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo
performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through
his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant
touring. As a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jack Casady�s
full driving tone and innovative melodic bass work has defined the role of bass
guitar in Rock and Roll for decades. Liberating the bass from its traditional role
as part of the rhythm section, Jack s pioneering approach has brought the instrument
to the forefront. With sweeping chords and stormy melodic lines Jack�s bass
distinguished not only Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna but also a variety of side
projects and recordings."
The fourth set of the day was Alison Brown. Every time I have seen here I have
enjoyed her high energy bluegrass sets but this year was the best one yet. She
had a great band with her and played a couple of songs I never expected to hear
as a bluegrass song.
"Alison Brown & the Compass Bluegrass Allstars featuring Bobby Osborne
In the summer of 1978, a month after graduating from high school, Alison Brown took
first prize at the Canadian National Banjo Championship, landing her a one night gig
at the Grand Ole Opry. By the time Alison Krauss asked her to join Union Station in
the late �80s, Brown had an illustrious decade of solo performing behind her. Today
she heads the Nashville based music label Compass Records. The Compass Bluegrass
Allstars include Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, Frank Solivan and Bobby Osborne."
The fifth set on the bill was Gillian Welch who was joined by her husband Dave Rawlings.
Another act I try to make a point of seeing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Last year
it was a fun set but a terrible recording due to the wind. This time there was a bit
of wind but it wasn't terrible. The performance was a lot of fun. The recording much
Gillian Welch first appeared on the scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a
voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft,
evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with the roots
of traditional and early country music. Welch was born in Manhattan and grew up in
West Los Angeles. As a child she became fascinated by bluegrass and brother team
harmonies, in particular the work of the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers,
and the Carter Family"
Finally it was time for Steve Earle. I consider the Saturday night Steve Earle set a
must set when making my plans and it would take someone big to miss the set. His set
was a combination of new material and many of his old standards. We also got a good
dose of his political views in light of the events in Las Vegas and Washington. His
personal experience and views on guns was very interesting as was his point that this
country is a country of immigrants except for Native Americans and the inhabitants of
Mexico and Central America. People from San Francisco attending this festival understand
that but many others do not. Seeing Steve Earle is just the way to end Saturday night
in Golden Gate Park
"Steve Earle & The Dukes
If you ever had any doubt about where Steve Earle�s musical roots areplanted, his new
collection So You Wannabe An Outlaw, makes it perfectly plain. �There�s nothing retro
about this record� he states, �I�m just acknowledging where I�m coming from.� This is
the first recording he�s done in Austin, TX, since living in NYC for the past decade.
Also appearing as part of Lampedusa. "
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