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Old 01-09-2012, 07:53 PM
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Recommend any great folk/bluegrass duets?

I love John Prine and Iris Dement singing In Spite of Ourselves. What else do you Dopers suggest in a similar vein?

I should say that I normally shy away from contemporary country music that seems drippy, cliched and sentimental......
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:52 PM
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Not a duet but you might like Old Crow Medicine Show, or maybe Trampled By Turtles

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Old 01-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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You might check out Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:29 PM
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You might enjoy The Civil Wars. Not exactly bluegrass, but not contemporary pop/country either.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:12 AM
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I can't find the version I like but this song springs to mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGt2rfoXmr4
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:29 AM
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A great folk duo was Ian & Sylvia. Here's their little-known original version of "Some Day Soon." You can find lots more of them on YouTube.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:42 AM
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I heard about that one where you eat lots of cornbread and chicken-fried steak, but I can't see how you'd lose much weight that way.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:47 AM
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Bluegrass: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand"

Folk: Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, "Ballad of the Broken Seas"
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:16 AM
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Doc Watson, "Your Long Journey". He sings it as a duet with his wife Rosa Lee. That version isn't on YouTube or anywhere else that I can find, but it's on ITunes; you can preview it there.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:12 AM
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Not exactly bluegrass, but classic, folk-inspired country rock: the duets Gram Parsons did with Emmylou Harris on his two solo albums "G.P.". and "Grievous Angel". Here are two examples:

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Old 01-10-2012, 04:48 AM
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Bluegrass: Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

Folk: Robin & Linda Williams, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:03 AM
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Best known in Queer circles (and quite open about their own other-than-conventional selves), I present Coyote Grace (music will play when you click the link. Fair warning.)

Upcoming tour sadly cancelled due to chronic illness. Since their income has thus been extremely curtailed, I'm really hoping everyone buys their albums instead! (They're friends of mine, too.)
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:26 AM
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This is an excellent bit of folk duet singing - Bill Crofut and Benjamin Luxon. Note the prices, however. I'm still waiting for the CD or MP3 release, dammit.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:45 AM
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Janis Ian and Willie Nelson "Memphis". You can listen to it here on her website. I wasn't a huge Willie fan but this is a perfect framework for a duet of those two.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:43 AM
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Kate and Anna McGarrigle
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:41 PM
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The real thing: Roscoe Holcomb & Wade Ward - "Graveyard Blues"
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:50 PM
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Kate, and the Ghost of Lost Love by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:11 PM
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Bluegrass: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Raising Sand"
Just so you're warned, this is not some kind of Zepplin meets bluegrass crossover hybrid; this is a T Bone Burnett album with a couple of famous people brought in to do vocals. I was pretty bored by it, despite being a big Alison Krauss fan (and not opposed to occasional Zepplin either).

But I'll add something constructive too:

It's worth finding John Prine with Bonnie Raiit singing "Angel from Montgomery".

Emmylou Harris has sung with everyone in the world, but it usually sounds pretty good. I like her and Willie Nelson singing "Gulf Coast Highway" (Nancy Griffith wrote it, BTW).

For that matter, Willie Nelson gets around a bit too, and it's almost always good. Maybe not folk/country, but "Comes Love" with Rickie Lee Jones from a live album is one of my favorites.

All of those are more taking-turns with distinctive voices than close-harmony dueting. For that I second Gillian Welch (her and David Rawlings sing so close, you might not realize there are two voices).

Or the Trios albums with the aforementioned EmmyLou Harris harmonizing with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt (though there's a lot of drippy, cliched and sentimental on them; I cut the two albums into one home-burned CD and it was much improved)
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:56 PM
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Again, not a duet, but the Steep Canyon Rangers are a fun bluegrass band.
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:56 PM
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One of the best duet songs I've ever heard is "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again" by Roy Orbison and Emmylou Harris. Just wow.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:13 PM
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The Louvin Brothers were one of the very best country duets. Gram taught Emmylou about them & she carried it on.....

There's a tribute album called "Livin, Lovin, Losin".....

(And there's Emmylou's Duets--compiled from various projects.)

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Old 01-10-2012, 02:27 PM
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I'm going to be really esoteric here, and recommend a duo that may not have played together since the 70s, but I remember liking them quite a bit on the record I heard (yes, it was vinyl): Wendling and Hansen. Google didn't turn up much, but maybe some other posters here remember.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:18 PM
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I won't echo the great suggestions in this thread, some of which are treasured in my playlist, but how about Ralph Stanley and Patty Loveless singing Pretty Polly? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XV7mxfIIr0
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:47 PM
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Wow - that was cool. Thank you for sharing that.

I can offer Dwight Yoakam and Ralph Stanley - Bluegrass Duet
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:57 PM
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Doc Watson, "Your Long Journey". He sings it as a duet with his wife Rosa Lee. That version isn't on YouTube or anywhere else that I can find, but it's on ITunes; you can preview it there.
it is on

The Doc Watson Family SFW40012
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Doc always sings well with other people.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:04 PM
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I like Darius Rucker and Nancy Griffith on Gulf Coast Highway.
And to expand on what Gary T said, I think pretty much anything by Ian & Sylvia qualifies as a "great folk duo"
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:56 PM
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Can someone please correct me, as these are not my native styles...

But I thought Bluegrass != Country != Folk. Lotsa crossover stuff, but not the same thing. No? Thanks.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:02 PM
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Can someone please correct me, as these are not my native styles...

But I thought Bluegrass != Country != Folk. Lotsa crossover stuff, but not the same thing. No? Thanks.
Those lines are not that bright. For example, John Prine, the guy named in the OP, is kind of hard to categorize. He's not exactly bluegrass, not exactly folk, and not exactly country. Same goes for Iris Dement. These days folks are using the label "Americana" to try to embrace a broader range of styles, and I think most of the acts mentioned in this thread would fit that category.

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Old 01-10-2012, 11:09 PM
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Americana music.

Americana Music Association.

Hey, speaking of Iris Dement, here's my favorite tune of hers: Let the Mystery Be
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:31 PM
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Can someone please correct me, as these are not my native styles...

But I thought Bluegrass != Country != Folk. Lotsa crossover stuff, but not the same thing. No? Thanks.
Well, there are marketing categories & those used to program the more programmed radio stations. Then there is reality....

Bluegrass is a style devised by Bill Monroe, adding bluesy improvisation to Old-Time Music. Except that Old-Time Music was already a mixture of songs & fiddle tunes from the British Isles & African-American String Band music; the banjo has African roots.

Country Music is the larger genre--originally called Hillbilly music by the record companies; it includes Honky Tonk, Western Swing & Bluegrass, although most of what's heard on mainstream Country radio is more like soft rock. Then there's Alt.Country--an attempt to Get Back To The Roots.

Folk could be the indigenous music of any culture around the world. In the USA it often means music inspired by field recordings & ancient records (see Old-Time & String Band--also The Blues), growing in popularity among the "young folks" in the 50's & 60's. Some of them set their own words to old tunes & a few even wrote new tunes. Then the Beatles hit & many of the folkies turned on & invented Folk Rock--or electrified White Boy (& Girl) Blues. Some stayed acoustic. The Singer-Songwriters kept at it, too. (Oh, and the UK had/has its own Folk Rock--& Singer-Songwriters.)

I'm tempted to say "fuck categories"--which sounds rude--but that's just what keeps happening. The genres continue to go out in the alleys behind the cafes or low dives & conceive new hybrids. (Rock & Roll was one of them!)

Lots of good names have been mentioned in this thread. Check them out--Youtube is good. Also recommended: Watch O Brother Where Art Thou. Find the original tunes & artists "covered" in the movie; find out what else the performers have done....
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:46 PM
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And speaking of John Prine and duets and bluegrass, here are Jim and Jesse doing a bluegrass cover of what may be Prine's best-known song: Paradise.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:38 AM
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Also Down From the Mountain.

Goes along with O Brother Where Art Thou.

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Old 01-11-2012, 05:39 AM
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One my faves is the unlikely collaboration of Ismael Lo and Marianne Fathfull singing a song from Lo's Jammu Africa called Without Blame sung in french and english - it's beautiful.
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:10 AM
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Can someone please correct me, as these are not my native styles...

But I thought Bluegrass != Country != Folk. Lotsa crossover stuff, but not the same thing. No? Thanks.
My non-standard view is that these genres are descriptions of styles that at best apply to songs.

John Prine is not bluegrass, he might have done a song in the bluegrass style but I've never heard it.

More generally a person isn't a genre, they might perform on occasion a song in a genre. They might exclusively perform in the genre.

Partly marketing but at the heart, genres are about songs in a similar style. Performers who work in multiple styles are my favorites but hard to find in the CD section of a store.

In the bluegrass genre if you like the harmony vocals look for Third Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson or Blue Highway.

If you like the "High Lonesome" sound, look for Bill Monroes's work or for a current band doing that style listen to Del McCroury.

If you want songs from other genres arranged in the bluegrass style, look for Country Gentlemen or the Seldom Scene.

None of those are exhaustive lists, just starting points. Also, many of those groups performed for years with regular changes to their lineup. This can also help if you get into it very deep. My favorite Country Gentlemen line up was the mid-70s one that recorded the album "Joe's Last Train". It included Doyle Lawson who later formed his own band and Third Tyme Out" was formed by two members of Doyle's band.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:50 AM
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One fine duet that's also an example of mixed genres: I'm Still in Love With You. Steve Earle & Iris Dement, from Steve's The Mountain--with backing by the stone* bluegrass Del McCoury Band. Steve came out of the Texas folk/singer-songwriter scene, has voiced his strong political beliefs & has played in every style from hard rock to honky tonk to Irish.

* Stone: Hard Core Traditional. Not "Stoned"--which Steve has been in the past. He was one of the many who sat at the feet of Townes van Zandt & thought that emulating his weaknesses would make him a great songwriter. Steve survived & learned better....
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:45 AM
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If you have not heard to glory that is Dick & Mimi Farina, check them out now..
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:27 PM
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Gene Clark and Carla Olson

The is the link for del Gato:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL7jVv7V8AU
The album was entitled "So Rebellious A Lover". You know Gene from the Byrds, of course, and if you don't know Carla I strongly recommend the Textones' "Through The Canyon". "Cedar Creek", not so much.
The last computer upgrade at work seems to have disabled You Tube audio, so I assume the link works even though I can't hear it...
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:14 PM
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Looking at some old LP's in my collection

OLD FOLK MUSIC
Bob Gibson and Hamilton Camp - many albums, classic harmony singing

1980's BLUEGRASS and COUNTRY Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice,
George Jones and Johnny Paycheck

NEW BLUEGRASS Chris Thile and Michael Daves - This is one of 6 2011 albums nominated for GRAMMY Best Bluegrass Album

Enjoy
David
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:41 PM
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If you have not heard to glory that is Dick & Mimi Farina, check them out now..
Where is John Belushi when you need him?

Kidding, kidding.

Well, sort of.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:42 PM
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