Monday, November 8, 2010

Country Dick

Country Dick Montana (born Daniel McLain) was a musician best known as a member of the Beat Farmers. He was also in the short-lived trio the Pleasure Barons with Mojo Nixon and Dave Alvin.

On November 8th, 1995 Montana suffered a heart attack and died while playing "The Girl I Almost Married" during a Beat Farmers show at the Longhorn Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The band disbanded shortly thereafter.

"The Ballad of Country Dick" by Mojo Nixon was written after his death.

In 1996, posthumous solo album "The Devil Lied To Me" was released.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hayseed Dixie Live at Mercy Lounge

For Today's Date In Music History I'll feature a performance from NYC's Mercury lounge on November 7,2003.

Hayseed Dixie performs a mixture of cover versions of hard rock songs and original compositions in a style that is a cross between bluegrass and rock music.

Formed in 2001 with the release of their first album, titled A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC, Hayseed Dixie are acknowledged as the creators of the musical genre "Rockgrass."

The band consists of:
Barley Scotch - vocals, guitar and fiddle
Reverend Don Wayne Reno - banjo and vocals
Deacon Dale Reno - mandolin, guitar and vocals
Jake "Bakesnake" Byers - bass and vocals

Their sense of humor is evident in their bio, which claims that the band hails from Deer Lick Holler, "deep in the heart of the Appalachia," where its members grew up playing the traditional hillybilly music of their forefathers. But as fate would have it, they just so happened to stumble across AC/DC's back catalog of recordings when a stranger driving through the boy's hometown crashed his car and perished, but his records were saved.

Disc 1
01. Dirty Deeds
02. You Shook Me
03. Best Friends Girlfriend
04. I Know your Married >
05. Hells Bells
06. I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night
07. Deliahs Gone
08. Have a Drink on Me
09. Charlotte Mtn. Breakdown
10. Detroit Rock City
11. Cat Scratch Fever
12. The Lunch Story
13. Feel like Makin Lunch....err Love
14. Big Bottoms

Disc 2
01. Fat Bottom Girl
02. Keepin your Poop in a Jar
03. I wish I was You
04. T.N.T.
05. Paradise
06. Ellie Schaffer >
07. Shady Grove
08. Foggy Mtn. Breakdown * >
09. Doreen*
10. Katy Daley >
11. Rollin in my Sweet babys Arms
12. Highway To Hell*
13. In the Pines * >
14. Will the Circle be Unbroken*

*w/ Scott “Sweepy” Walker on Harmonica

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Bonus: Here's a short documentary film from 2005 of the story and origins of Hayseed Dixie, the creators of the Rockgrass music genre.

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