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Here’s some home-made acoustic music in the old-time and roots traditions, recorded in the living room of a California farm house we call “the lodge.” Built in 1908, the old wooden walls, beamed celling and old rugs of the living room seem to have some rather wonderful sonic characteristics. We think you will agree.
Just north of Los Angeles, at Deep End Ranch in the middle of a lemon farm, we’re gathering a collection of old-time music from some of the finest musicians today in the tradition.
The old-time music presented here isn’t your parent’s version of the genre, exactly. While it’s practitioners are fully steeped in the tradition and conscious of being keepers of the flame, they offer new arrangements of traditional tunes, new contexts for rare and authentic tunes, and their own compositions in keeping with tradition stretching back into 18th and 19th century America. These musicians are part of a contextual shift acknowledging that this music not only comes from a rural base, but now finds itself squarely in the middle of urban popular culture as well.
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The Deep End concept is simple: bring musicians in for a residency and concert, and have them record their sets in a living room space, as close to live as possible, around a minimal selection of good mics.
Bunn has created a warm space that is all about community.
- LA Times
In January of this year, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller settled into the Deep End for a residency. When they left, they had one of the best souvenirs imaginable -- a record.
Brett Ratliff with Betse & clarke
SaturDAY, April 21, 2018
Kentucky’s High Lonesome Sound finds a New Voice
Brett Ratliff is a multi-instrumentalist and lifelong apprentice of the Kentucky repertoire who loves to share the stories of his native Appalachian home, Brett was born and raised in Van Lear, KY, the historic coal camp that gave birth to Loretta Lynn. Ratliff has made a name for himself as a solo artist and with groups such as Clack Mountain String Band; Dirk Powell Band; and Rich & the Po’ Folk with folk legend Rich Kirby. A community organizer, Ratliff is an activist for the connection between the arts, foodways, and social justice. Ratliff has worked toward the wellness of his region with such organizations as Appalshop and Hindman Settlement School, and he has helped found festivals such as the Morehead Old-Time Music Festival and the Lexington Old-Time Gathering. His first solo release was the 2008 June Appal recording Cold Icy Mountain. Gone Boy, his long awaited second solo project, was released in November 2017. Ratliff has taught traditional Kentucky repertoire far and wide, including The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Swannanoa Gathering, Sore Fingers Week, Augusta Heritage’s Early County Music Week and Old-Time Week, Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, and elsewhere.
Betse & Clarke, Regular folks, Exceptional music
Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley. Long known for her energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His melodies match the fiddle, and also build rhythmic interest to embrace the music’s character. He also plays finger-style guitar, when it suits the musical style and texture. Together since 2014, this musical couple has traveled across the United States and Ireland, from the Portland Old Time Music Gathering to Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Walnut Valley Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Guinness International Bluegrass Festival (Co. Waterford, Ireland), Bluegrass Music Festival (Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland) and Folk Alliance International Conference (as official selected showcase artists, and music camp instructors).
Join us along with 80 lucky music lovers for an intimate, all acoustic evening in the living room at Deep End Ranch. Concert, Dinner, After Party & Jam.
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Foghorn Stringband, "All Night Long Blues" (first recorded by Burnette & Rutherford on Columbia in 1927). Foghorn is one of the finest American Old-time stringbands performing today. This was recorded live at Deep End Sessions, September 17, 2017, - part of a very high energy concert in front of a packed audience in the living room of a California farmhouse. Acoustic house concerts and house dances like this are one of the ways old-time stringband music was originally experienced. It still is so today at Deep End Sessions. This tune features Stephen "Sammy" Lind, fiddle & vocals; with Nadine Landry, bass & vocals; Caleb Klauder, mandolin & vocals; and Reeb Willms, guitar & vocals. Film Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio recording/mixing Stephen Schauer. Watch in 1080 HD and listen to hifi audio with good speakers or headphones. © Deep End Sessions 2018 *Full concert film coming soon... stay tuned.
In 2016, The Revelers performed two live, house concert/dances at Deep End Sessions in Southern California on two very special evenings - first on Valentines and again on the Summer Solstice! This film is edited from both of those performances. The concerts were mostly all acoustic in the early tradition of how this music and dance form began in Southwest Louisiana... in the house! The Revelers are Grammy Nominated Super Group, consisting of members, Blake Miller, Chas Justus, Glenn Fields, Eric Frey, Daniel Coolik and The Chris Miller. Deep End Sessions is honored to call The Revelers our 2016 House Band! Enjoy in full 1080 HD and with good speakers/headphones.
THE BEST JAM EVER! with Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Nadine Landry, Sammy Lind, Ann Louise Genest, John Reischman, Matt Hotte, Mark Schatz, Craig Korth, Eli West, Steve Roy, Trent Freeman, Julie Kerr, Rosalyn Dennett, Kayla Hotte, & the amazing backup crowd! Green room tent, Kekuli stage, NimbleFingers Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Workshop. Sorrento, BC August 24, 2017. - film by David Bunn