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There is usually a big concert at Red Rocks on or near my birthday of July 17. Red Rocks is a big outdoor amphitheater that was built by the WPA during the Depression. It is nestled in a natural rock formation in the “hogback” of the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It has the best acoustics of any outdoor amphitheater (they say) and some legendary concerts have been held there.

This year there will be a reunion of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. I am planning to go, and will get tickets as soon as they go on sale. Let me know if anyone's interested in seeing this concert. I am sure ticket prices will be astronomical though. I will be seeing them mostly to see Neil Young.

Other performers with BBM ties who will be coming to Red Rocks include Linda Ronstadt and the Allman Brothers. If I attend any other concerts this summer, though, it will likely be Bonnie Raitt who's appearing at Red Rocks in August. Raitt was the first performer I ever saw in concert, many moons ago.

In other music news rt has a post about the documentary on Bob Dylan being shot this summer at So he's a dj now on XM...always reinventing himself. I've been listening to two Dylan albums, Desire and Nashville Skyline, circa 1975. The duet with Johnny Cash that begins Nashville Skyline is incredible. If you haven't heard his early albums, you don't know Dylan.

By the way, though Dylan is credited with writing "He was a friend of mine" he just wrote it down. It's an old song passed from ear to ear over the decades.


--- Quote from: Front-Ranger on May 03, 2006, 06:08:00 pm ---
By the way, though Dylan is credited with writing "He was a friend of mine" he just wrote it down. It's an old song passed from ear to ear over the decades.

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That is good to know. I looked for this song in a book on Dylan's lyrics at the bookstore some months ago, and for the life of me could not find it. I was unfamiliar with this song before seeing BBM. I know I'll never be able to hear it now without thinking of Ennis and Jack, and it always brings a tear to my eye.

Bruce Springsteen has a new album out with songs by Pete Seeger. I think you can get it at Starbucks. I'll check to see if any BBM songs are on it.

I should probably just PM Kirk or Bill about this, but maybe we can have a discussion. Many of the guitar duets on the BBM soundtrack feature acoustic guitar and, what I thought was a bottleneck guitar. But others have said that it's a pedal steel guitar (I'm not familiar with that type of instrument). What are your thoughts?

Front-Ranger -
It could be either, actually (it could be both, also). The two can sound very similar.
I have an old, old Emmons pedal-steel that I'm trying to recondition (I got at a garage sale and it was badly damaged in a fire) that I have played around with for a couple of years, but the playing techniques between the two instruments are quite similar - you fret with either a bottleneck or a steel bar.

I also thought Wings had a 12-string acoustic in the mix as well, but that could also be 2-6 strings with a very short tape delay.


Followup -

I found some info on verve (no scoring) but the playlist seems to indicate that it was a "steel guitar":

Gustavo Santaolalla (1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17) Guitar
Bob Bernstein (1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17) Steel Guitar
Willie Nelson (2, 13) Vocal
Emmylou Harris (4) Vocal
Teddy Thompson (5, 10) Vocal
Rufus Wainwright (5, 16) Vocal
Steve Earle (7) Vocal
Mary Mcbride (eight) Vocal
Jackie Greene (11) Vocal
The Gas Band (13)
Linda Ronstadt (14) Vocal

It doesn't specifically state "pedal steel", however.


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