Flatfooting with Charmaine Slaven - Music by Charlie Beck:
Flatfooting is a traditional percussive step dance from the Appalachian mountains. It is a living folk tradition that has been spread around the globe by dancers who love the way it feels under their feet.
Want to play clawhammer banjo? Here’s a nearly foolproof way to learn this popular old-time mountain style! David Holt’s easy-to-follow instructions, friendly approach and invaluable exercises will have you picking and singing in no time.
Few people know as much about traditional American banjo styles--or play them as well--as Mike Seeger. In this extraordinary video, Mike teaches two- and three-finger picking, up-picking, clawhammer and other dominant old-time banjo techniques in a variety of tunings and regional styles.
While in Asheville, North Carolina, the Bens catch up with John Herrmann, John Engle, and Meredith McIntosh, the band Chicken Train. During the visit the Bens caught some great tunes, and heard some stories about how the three found a home in Ashville and Old Time music.
Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for nearly a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. A tenor guitar and string bass duo in the tradition of the great Slim & Slam – with the occasional pyrotechnic banjo feature thrown in – Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have an obvious affection for pre-war American Jazz and Western Swing—but they’re no period piece.
In this finale, Ben Townsend and Ben Guzman reach their Southern California destination. They discuss their journey and their newest project The Deep End Sessions, which will feature many of their fellow old-time musicians and a song from each state they visited on their cross-country trip.
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping.