Sunday, October 23, 2011

Red Clay Ramblers - Wednesday, 10/26/11 at Modlin Center

Red Clay Ramblers 2010
Back in my VCU days, when The Grateful Dead, Phish, Leftover Salmon and moe. seemed to be in constant rotation, I would often throw on some Red Clay Ramblers into the mix.  This didn't always go over well.  It seems the oldtime dixieland stringband sounds of this North Carolina troop were a bit too foreign for my jamband loving friends and roommates.  My go to CD was 1986's It Ain't Right, a heady amalgam of folk music, complete with horns and jazzy vocals.  It remains one of my favorite albums.  

It Ain't Right album cover
This was the mid to late 90's, and the internet wasn't quite as ubiquitous as it is now, so back then I found out about music from magazines like Relix, No Depression or Dirty Linen, from Flying Fish, Rykodisc or Rhino catalogs, and from a thick print version of the All Music Guide.  Just as music-obsessive then as I continue to be today, I would scour these pages to discover overlooked or undiscovered gems.  One of my best finds, I thought, was the Red Clay Ramblers, found via a tiny paragraph in the All Music Guide.

I suppose I loved the joy and craziness they brought to roots music. (Richmond, VA darlings The Hot Seats have a similar appeal).  I never knew that much about the Red Clay Ramblers, there didn't seem to be a whole lot of information available at the time that I would have been looking, but  I always thought they would be a good band to see live.  Now I'll get the chance as they bring their repertoire of old-time mountain music, bluegrass, New Orleans jazz, gospel and the American musical to the Modlin Center's Camp Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30pm.  Click here for tickets and info.

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