I was looking at your profile and saw “good grass,” and thought immediately, Good Grass Almighty.
Methinks I would really dig your band. I fell in love with bluegrass after going to college in West Virginia… Luckily I live close to some awesome venues that host great bluegrass bands. This Friday, I’m going to see The Hackensaw Boys, ever heard of 'em? They’re awesome.
Don’t tell me you’re actually quibbling about the fact your group doesn’t have ten members or anyone from Skullbone…? Oh, rough and ready thunderation. What a time to get hung up on unnecessary details. That’s part of y’all’s new hook. Use it.
Well, fine. Charles Monroe Schultz spent fifty years cartooning a wildly successful strip he never liked the name of neither. If you’re gonna ignore GOLD, be my guest. Y’all could do worse and the fact that y’all are most evidently hell-bent on doing so makes no matter to me. (Great Divide? Pftttth. That ain’t a band name, it’s a damn social construct.)
Ever since I first read Satchel’s Pages Rules for Living, I’ve thought Social Ramble (see Rule #4) would be a great name for a band. Sure, Bruce_Daddy passed it up when I suggested it to him, but that’s because it was meant for you all along, picker…
All right, first of all, let me say that you guys rock…I’ve been swamped in the studio with a project and haven’t even looked at the Dope in several days.
Meanwhile, I’m thinking in the back of my head, ‘Damn, I really need a name for this group’ totally forgetting about this thread 'cause of these damn projects.
Then I pop in here and there’s crazy amounts of good ideas.
The Situation As It Stands:
I am about to go through and compile a master list, and again mark the ones that seem the most spot on. It looks like we’re doing a vocal rehearsal on Saturday, so I will again present the list to the group for consideration.
If there is no obvious winner, I’ll keep the thread alive at least through Monday night’s full rehearsal. At that point, we’ll make the decision, and should we not have a band name out of the list, we as a group will vote on the overall coolest name on the list, even if it’s not suited to the band. That person will be the official winner, and get all the cool swag.
The list to this point:
The Teeming Millions
The Great Divide
The Bluegrass Resistance
The Electric Jamband Pickers
The Flatpick Alliance
Skull Bone Ten
The Cast Iron Trio
The Pick Axis
Pigeon Creek Fire Mountain / Fire Mountain String Band
The Jefferson County Sextet
The Band Of Renown
Johnny Reb and the Unionists
Pick Pickwell and His Pickers
Do It For Danko
The Return of the Waltz
The Pick Pockets
Uncle Jean-Marie le
The Hidalgo Trading Company Warehouse
Billie Banjo and the Hootenanny
Richard Manuel’s Broken Heart
The First Waltz
Psychedelic Hillbilly Freakout
High ‘N Lonesome High Lonesome Pickers/High Lonesome String Band
Safe At Anchor
Green Grass Bluegrass Band
For Twenty Minutes
The Pony Party
Kato and the C-Listers
Pine Plank Pickers
Stump Shaker (or Stump Shakin’)
Chicken Coop Hot House
Pickin’ and Grinnin’
The Pike County Exchange
The Coal Crackers
Picker Knows Foggy Mountain Rehab
Arthur Fiddler and the Bustin’ Chops Orchestra
Itty Bitty Shirt Band
Johnny Debitcard (First there was Cash, then there was Paycheque; now…)
Mountain Railway The Porch Pickers
GuiBanjoLin Across the Great Divide
Ozark Bluegrass Band
No Fear Mountaineers
Shining Rock Experience
New 98s (get it?..nevermind) Grassoline
Mountain Lake Retreat
Perpetual Line Steppers/Perpetual Line Crossers
The 2nd Coming
The Moonshine Review
Sweet Creek Singers
Balm in Gilead
Owl Creek Bridge
The Old Homestead Uncle Dad
In The Pines
The Long Black Veil
L.I.M.B. (Lesbians In Men’s Bodies)
Snick Paprika Good Grass Almighty
The Star Grazers Salvador’s Deli
The League of Calamitous Bluegrass
Again, thanks for this. I think you’ll see by the list we’re trending towards non-traditional bluegrass names. Traditional bluegrass is only going to be 25% or so of the show anyway, and even that’s gonna have a lot more jam vibe (kind of a Yonder Mountain meets the Band thing)
THE SHORT LIST
not officially. My personal short list…
Foggy Mountain Rehab
The Porch Pickers
When I bought my mandolin a few years ago, my friends made me promise that I would name my band Bandolin. I don’t particularly like it, so I’m throwing it out here for you.
Also, feel free to use my old username, FireUnderpantsBoobs, as long as I get credit. Credit, dammit! Also if you ever come to Chicago I want to play a set with you (I can play fiddle & mandolin but not so well…)
Other random names: The United Romaine Farmer’s Alliance
Craze Campaign 3000
The Venus Flytraps
Bobby Dean and the Down Home Boys
The Shitty Beatles (“So it’s not just a clever name!”)
War on Ignorance
Only Once in 1960
The Death Rays (doesn’t sound that bluegrassy at all–oh well)
The Blisters (I started thinking about country music and got to thinking about Stewie shouting “I’ve got blisters on me fingers!” after a jammin’ banjo tune)
ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) – you see this a lot in research about adolescent drug abuse–always thought it would make a good band name – maybe Alcohol, Tobacco and the Drugs?
Herb Green and the Green Herbs
The Grand Theft Autos
Well, after much discussion, we picked several names, so I’m afraid we’ve got to declare several winners.
We’ve still not settled on a name for the main project, which is rapidly becoming it’s own amalgamation of acoustic, vocal, funk and americana. I suppose the proper name shall make itself known to us soon.
However, we realized that in light of the way the original material and core group is shaping up, we’d best split the radically different stuff into ‘side projects’ that consist of most of us playing, under a different name.
Henceforth when perform in a bluegrass/jamgrass environment (with the banjo player and fiddler) we shall indeed be known as Foggy Mountain Rehab. The jazz duo that my bassist and I run has been re-christened Salvador’s Deli.
So congrats to the winners of our contest, SavageNarce and DoctorJ for the names. If the two of you would contact me at ellestad AT charter DOT net I will figure out what musical prizes to send to you, and where to send them.
Many thanks to all who participated, we appreciate all the suggestions.
How in the hell did you know about Skullbone? My mother was born in the general area known as “Skullbonia,” and I grew up about fifteen miles away. Got the T-shirt with the store on it and I’m hungry for the doodle soup as I type.
Recently I’ve discovered that it now has the biggest biker rally in Tennessee and concerts by Lynard Skynard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, etc. Sure beats standing in the road and talking.
Seriously, I think “Skullbone Ten” would be a great inside joke and the T-shirts are already available if the store still sells them. (They have a skull and crossbones. You can pretend to be from Yale.)