Ragged Mountain String Band | Almost Drive Me Crazy

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Almost Drive Me Crazy

by Ragged Mountain String Band

High-energy old-time string band music from Charlottesville, Virginia, featuring twin fiddles, funky banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass, presented in glorious mono, perfect for dancing or listening!
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
3:57 album only
2. Polecat Blues
4:22 album only
3. The Girl I Left Behind Me
2:45 album only
4. D.D.T.
1:46 album only
5. June Apple
3:35 album only
6. Been All Around This World
3:05 album only
7. Benton's Dream
2:50 album only
8. Shuffle About
3:04 album only
9. Soldier's Joy
4:27 album only
10. Whiteface
3:33 album only
11. Jeff Sturgeon
3:04 album only
12. Mississippi Sawyer
2:55 album only
13. Elzic's Farewell
6:25 album only
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Album Notes

Featuring fiddlers Reuben Miller and Stavros Calos, mandolinist Tucker Rollins, banjo/guitar-player and singer Dan Easley, and bassist Charlie Davis, Ragged Mountain String Band presents high-energy old-time string band music from Charlottesville, Virginia. Recorded live to one microphone in the fall of 2012, this collection includes traditional songs and tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, performed with a respect for the old traditions and an attention to the demands of the modern ear.

"... a local summit of sweet bluegrass." - C-Ville

Reuben Miller learned old-time fiddle and banjo tunes from Shenandoah Valley luminaries Two-Gun Terry and Kevin Harter. He grew up in an a Capella church community in Pennsylvania and also spent time listening to his mother playing harpsichord, piano, and guitar, the latter of which he learned as a teen. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played in music circles in Lancaster, Pa., Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville, Va.

Stavros Calos grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and started playing his Grandfather's mandolin when he was 17. Since then, he's been a regular in the Virginia old-time and bluegrass scenes, thanks mostly to the William and Mary Appalachian string band. He says: "I like when people take ownership of traditional tunes. The pioneers of American music weren't concerned about precisely preserving the old Celtic, English, and African sounds. I play the same tunes as these pioneers, but I'm not concerned with preserving their exact styles. I consider this true to the spirit of their music."

Tucker Rollins began playing mandolin at after-work musical gatherings while living in Fort Collins, CO. After moving to Charlottesville, VA, he became hooked on playing traditional old-time Appalachian tunes. He learned most everything he knows about traditional music from the Charlottesville “old-time kingpin” Pete Vigour (and also bandmate Reuben Miller). When not playing old time music he enjoys traveling to far away places, fishing for wild trout and sipping on cold microbrews and cheap scotch.

Dan Easley got his start with traditional Appalachian music playing guitar for Harrisonburg fiddler Kevin Harter, and has since built up his repertoire and approach as a banjoist, fiddler and singer with regular jamming in the Shenandoah Valley and in Charlottesville, and with repeated visits to Fiddlers Conventions and festivals throughout Appalachia. Outside of the string band, Dan plays a variety of instruments in rock and avant-garde styles.

Charlie Davis started playing the Bass 7 years ago when he moved to Charlottesville, Va. Through playing old-time music he has met many interesting people, including these guys, and has had a good time.

Four guys from around Charlottesville and one from Keezletown. We mostly all met at fiddlers conventions throughout the region - funny how people drive hours and hours to see their neighbors.

As Seen At

Charlottesville and surrounding areas: The Whiskey Jar, Fellini's #9, The Local, Ashlawn-Highland, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devil's Backbone Brewery, King Family Vineyards, Fardowner's, Charlottesville City Market

Harrisonburg and surrounding areas: The Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg Farmers Market



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