Electric Amish – Barn To Be Wild (1995)

FrontCover1The Electric Amish is an Indiana-based parody rock band that takes well-known rock standards and recasts them from a heavily tongue-in-cheek Amish perspective. The band consists of three fictional characters: Graeber Goodman (born in Las Vegas, Nevada, moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and settled in Nappanee, Indiana) on electric guitar and vocals; Carl Goodman (born in Berne, Indiana) on electric bass and vocals; and Barry Goodman (born in Goshen, Indiana) on drums and vocals. The true identities behind these personas are, respectively, Dean Metcalf (producer of The Bob & Tom Show), and brothers Barclay Grayson and Kyle Grayson—all of central Indiana.

Much of the humor in their lyrics presupposes at least a passing understanding of Amish and Mennonite cultures (for example, outsiders are called “the English”). The band rose to stardom after performing on The Bob & Tom Show, where they can occasionally still be heard.

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The Electric Amish released their first album, Barn to Be Wild, in 1995, followed by Milkin’ It in 1996 and A Hard Day’s Work in 1999. They also have a song, “Farmageddon,” on the 1998 release Back in ’98, which features items from The Bob & Tom Show. While the band has not released anything since 1999, they continue to perform occasionally, mostly in the Upper Midwest US. They record on the DonkeyMonkey label. (by wikipedia)

ElectricAmish02AHere´s their first album … totally crazy …but it´s fun and fun only …

I had never even heard of this group until I ran across their CD in a music store in Minneapolis. Apparently they are very popular in the Chicago area and have had alot of air time through various radio shows. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and it took a long time to wipe the tears from my eyes after listening to it! The group is like a cross between ZZ Top and Wierd Al Yankovic. If you like classic rock mixed with a little humor and wacky lyrics, you are truly going to enjoy listening to the Electric Amish! (an amazon customer)

But these guys knows how to rock .. Enjoy this funny part of rock music !

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Personnel:
Barclay Grayson(Carl Goodman) (bass, vocals)
Kyle Grayson (Barry Goodman) (drums, vocals)
Dean Metcalf (Graeber Goodman) (guitar, vocals)

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01. We Are An Amish Band 3.01
02. Black Bonner Girls 3.17
03. Come Together (And Build A Barn) 2.38
04. Mennonite Blues 2.04
05. Amish Lady 2.29
06. My Congregation 2.52
07. Barn To Be Wild 3.28
08. Amish Country Blues 1.53
09. Mennonite Girl 3.04
10. A Girl On Theology 3.12
11. Give Me Three Pigs 3.02
12. Very Amish Christmas 2.41

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I got this really very rare item from Mr. Sleeve — and I had to say thanks again !

Big Bill Broonzy & Pete Seeger – In Concert (1965)

FrontCover1.JPGAs part of its deal with Verve Records, Folkways Records has provided this tape of a joint concert by Big Bill Broonzy and Pete Seeger, performed at Northwestern University in 1956 and recorded by WFMT radio. Broonzy, in his early sixties, was two years away from his death; Seeger was in his mid-thirties. Each singer was clearly accustomed to performing as a solo, and their banter in this informal song pull was both friendly and also a bit awkward, with Seeger getting the worst of it, if only because his typical affected casualness came to seem a little more affected than usual. Nevertheless, after joining together on “Midnight Special,” the two managed some representative individual performances from their repertories, ranging from Broonzy’s mixture of old folk songs and old pop songs (“The Glory of Love,” “Why Don’t You Come Home Bill Bailey”) to Seeger’s politically oriented folk (the anti-war “Mrs. McGrath”), and borrowed classical material (“Goofin’ Off Suite,” with its Beethoven arranged for banjo). The editing of the tape is sometimes abrupt, and as the singers reach the end of the disc, they make it sound like they’re just breaking for intermission. But both come off effectively before an appreciative audience. (by William Ruhlmann)

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This LP comes from a 1956 concert at Northwestern University, at a time when Broonzy had returned to his rural roots and was playing the folk circuit. (He would die two years later at age 55.) Like a lot of folk shows of that time, it includes several old chestnuts that we have by now heard too many times – “Midnight Special” (the only real duet by Broonzy and Seeger), and “This Train Is Bound for Glory”, “Crawdad Hole”, and “Why Don’t You Come Home Bill Bailey”, all performed by Broonzy. On “This Train” (perhaps most notable for the inclusion of some civil-rights lyrics) and “Crawdad Hole”, Broonzy basically limits himself to rhythm guitar, employing a sort of do-wacka-do pattern; on “Bill Bailey”, he adds a lot of fills. There’s also a play-party song attributed to Leadbelly, “Green Corn”, led by Seeger, that doesn’t really get anywhere. Other than that, though, the material is pretty interesting. Seeger contributes “Mrs. McGrath”, an uptempo Irish traditional song with antiwar lyrics, and “Goofin’ Off Suite”, an instrumental on banjo that includes his interpretation of “Ode to Joy”.

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Broonzy plays three blues. The first, “Backwater Blues”, is a 12-bar blues written by Bessie Smith about a late-1920s flood in Mississippi, and is the only slow blues on the record; it gives him the chance to stretch out some on both guitar and vocals. The other two are originals – “Willie Mae”, another 12-bar blues but one on which Broonzy varies the length of the lines greatly, and “Alberta,” featuring a dramatically drawn-out a cappella intro (a device he uses on a number of tracks). But the real surprise is “The Glory of Love”, an old Tin Pan Alley song that Broonzy gives a Piedmont-blues treatment and on which he really shows off his prowess on guitar. The LP also has a couple of distinguishing characteristics that go beyond the music itself – the between-song patter, and the sense of listening in on a moment in history when the folk song revival was, in the words of Studs Terkel (who supplied the somewhat-overwritten liner notes), in its infancy. (fatpidgeon)

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Personnel:
Big Bill Broonzy (guitar, vocals)
Pete Seeger (banjo, vocals, flute)

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Tracklist:
01. Midnight Special (Traditional) 6.07
02. Backwater Blues (Smith) 3.19
03. Green Corn (Ledbetter)  4.25
04. This Train Is Bound For Glory (Traditional) 4.25
05. Mrs. McGrath (Traditional) 5.41
06. Crawdad Hole (Traditional) 3.51
07. Medley 5.34
07.1. Hillel (Seeger)
07.2. The Glory Of Love (Hill)
08. Goofin’ Off Suite (Seeger) 5.11
09. Willie Mae (Broonzy) 3.23
10. Why Don’t You Come Home Bill Bailey (Traditional) 3.30
11. Alberta (Broonzy) 3.06

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