Friday, July 16, 2010

Old time string bands provide preshow music for Tobacco Road

Arrive early to experience this nostalgic art form that comes straight out of the time in which the events of Tobacco Road unfold. The music will begin right around 7:15 and continue almost to curtain time (8:00).

Jubilee, from Starkville MS, will play for the July 22 opening night (picture, bio). Bands scheduled for other nights include HeyHowdies (Joyce and Jim Cauthen and Rachel Turner, part of Birmingham's Flying Jenny), Sara Green, and The Potted Meat Boys.

The Flying Jenny web site describes string band music as "lively fiddle tunes meant for dancing as well as old songs sung on front porches and in front of fireplaces when families and friends got together after the day’s work was done."

The bands consist mainly or solely of string instruments and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s. String band music is among the forerunners of modern country music and bluegrass.

See the Wikipedia listing for more on this distinctively American music.

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