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Here’s some home-made acoustic music in the old-time and roots traditions, performed 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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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.
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WOW! I am just SO excited and honored to host Willie Watson to Deep End Sessions! We just could not be more thrilled that he will play for us. Hope you can join us and help us welcome Willie to the Deep End and to celebrate our wonderful chef, Kai’s birthday! I heard tell they’re plan something special for dinner!
For nearly two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He’s a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveller, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. On Folksinger Vol. 2, he acts as a modern interpreter of older songs, passing along his own version of the music that came long before him.
Southern gospel. Railroad songs. Delta blues. Irish fiddle tunes. Appalachian music. Folksinger Vol. 2 makes room for it all. Produced by David Rawlings, the album carries on a rich tradition in folk music: the sharing and swapping of old songs. Long ago, the 11 compositions that appear on Folksinger Vol. 2 were popularized by artists like Leadbelly, Reverend Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The songs don’t actually belong to those artists, though. They don’t belong to anyone. Instead, they’re part of the folk canon, passed from generation to generation by singers like Watson.
And what a singer he is. With a quick vibrato and rich range, he breathes new life into classic songs like “Samson and Delilah,” one of several songs featuring harmonies from gospel quartet the Fairfield Four. He’s a balladeer on “Gallows Pole,” whose melancholy melodies are echoed by the slow swells of a four-piece woodwind ensemble, and a bluesman on “When My Baby Left Me,” accompanying himself with sparse bursts of slide guitar. “Dry Bones” finds him crooning and hollering over a bouncing banjo, while “Take This Hammer” closes the album on a penitent note, with Watson singing to the heavens alongside a congregation of Sunday morning soul singers.
Arriving three years after Folksinger Vol. 1 — his first release since parting ways with the Old Crow Medicine Show, whose platinum-selling music helped jumpstart the 21st century folk revival — Vol. 2 expands Watson’s sound while consolidating his strengths. Several singers and sidemen make appearances here, including Gillian Welch, the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert, and Old Crow bandmate Morgan Jahnig. Even so, Watson has never sounded more commanding, more confident, more connected to the music that inspires him.
“I’m not trying to prove any point here,” he insists, “and I’m not trying to be a purist. There’s so much beauty in this old music, and it affects me on a deep level. It moves me and inspires me. I heard Leadbelly singing with the Golden Gate Quartet and it sounded fantastic, and I thought, ‘I want to do that.’ I heard the Grateful Dead doing their version of ‘On the Road Again,’ and it sounded like a dance party in 1926, and I wanted to do that, too. That’s the whole reason I ever played music in the first place — because it looked and sounded like it was going to be a lot of fun.”
Nodding to the past without resurrecting it, Willie Watson turns Folksinger Vol. 2 into something much more than an interpretation of older songs. The album carries on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten. It taps into the rich core of roots music. It furthers the legacy of American folk. And perhaps most importantly, it shows the full range of Willie Watson’s artistry, matching his instrumental and vocal chops with a strong appreciation for the songs that have shaped not only a genre, but an entire country.●
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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
Watch a few of our concert films
Blake Miller & The Old-Fashioned Aces - J’ai Fait Mon Idée
Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces feature Amelia Biere on vocals in this performance of J’ai Fait Mon Idée, by Shirley Bergeron. Amelia Biere is the 2019 Cajun French Music Association Female Vocalist of The Year! Blake Miller & the Old-Fashioned Aces is Blake Miller, accordion, fiddle & vocals; Amelia Biere, guitar & vocals; and AJ Srubas, fiddle. This short film documents part of a live acoustic concert at Deep End Sessions on January 19, 2019, in front of a full house. Stay tuned for the Full Concert Film. Directed & Produced by David Bunn; Audio by Stephen Schauer; Camera by Stephen Schauer, Alex Blair, Cody Edison & Antione Midat; Editing by Alex Blair & David Bunn. © Deep End Sessions 2019
Steam Machine - Full Concert
Steam Machine performs an all acoustic concert performance in front of a full house. This is the FULL CONCERT, RT 1:19:27 - Live at Deep End Sessions, September 22, 2018. Steam Machine is AJ Srubas, fiddle; Aaron Tacke, banjo & vocals; Rina Rossi, guitar & vocals; Nokosee Fields, bass. Watch in full 1080 HD and listen with good speakers or headphones. © Deep End Sessions 2019
Foghorn Stringband - Only The Lonely
Reeb Willms leads Foghorn in this Hazel Dickens classic, Only The Lonely. This was part of a live all acoustic performance by the band as part of the Deep End Sessions concert series, September 17, 2017. This was a very high energy concert in front of a packed audience in the living room of a California farmhouse. Reeb Willms, lead vocals & guitar; Caleb Klauder, mandolin & harmony vocals; Stephen "Sammy" Lind, fiddle & harmony vocals; Nadine Landry, bass. One of the finest American Old-time stringbands performing today. All 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 live concert film is Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio recording/mixing Stephen Schauer. Cameras Stephen Schauer, Cody Edison, Alex Blair & Amanda Vincelli. Edited by David Bunn & Alex Blair. Watch in 1080 HD and listen to hifi audio with good speakers or headphones. © Deep End Sessions 2019.
Lee Highway Blues - Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller
Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller perform the classic, Lee Highway Blues (G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, 1929). Jesse’s really on FIRE with this one! Jesse & Emily performed an all acoustic, intimate, live concert to a full house at Deep End Sessions, January 13, 2018. © Deep End Sessions 2018. Deep End Sessions is proud to have recorded Jesse Milnes & Emily MIller’s duo record in 2015. The CD sold out it’s original 1000 copy run and is now in its second printing. The CD is available from the musicians directly at www.emmyandjesse.com and from CD baby. Film & CD Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio by Stephen Schauer. Cameras Stephen Schauer (DP), Cody Edison & Alex Blair. Edited by David Bunn & Alex Blair. © Deep End Sessions 2018
Undone in Sorrow - Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller
Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller perform the classic "Undone In Sorrow," by Olla Belle Reed. Emily Miller’s vocals really soar on this one. This a live concert and part of the Deep End Sessions house concert series, Jan. 18, 2018. © Deep End Sessions 2019
The Hens Aren’t Laying / Jesse Legé, Joel Savoy & Cajun Country Revival
Cajun Country Revival LIVE at Deep End Sessions! Our Summer Solstice concert June, 2018 with the great Jesse Legé, Joel Savoy, Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind. The Cajun Country Revival performed a super high energy concert to a packed house (our largest audience ever!). "The Hen’s Aren’t Laying” a traditional tune that Jesse recalls hearing on 78rpm in the 1940s, was the finalé to the evening. Directed and Produced by David Bunn. Audio by Stephen Schauer. © Deep End Sessions 2018
Foghorn Stringband Live - The Concert Film Set 2 - the powerful conclusion to this amazing concert. This film is MAGIC! Filmed live at Deep End Sessions, September 17, 2017. This was a very high energy concert in front of a packed audience in the living room of a California farmhouse. Caleb Klauder, mandolin & vocals; Reeb Willms, guitar & vocals; Nadine Landry, bass & vocals; Stephen "Sammy" Lind, fiddle & vocals; . One of the finest American Old-time stringbands performing today. All 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 is Set 2 of the Complete Concert Film. Set 1 is also posted. Directed & Produced by David Bunn. Audio recording/mixing Stephen Schauer. Cameras Stephen Schauer, Cody Edison, Alex Blair & Amanda Vincelli. Edited by David Bunn & Alex Blair. Watch in 1080 HD and listen to hifi audio with good speakers or headphones. © Deep End Sessions 2018
This is a live recording of Rayna Gellert performing the old time fiddle tune, Glory In The Meetinghouse, as part of an all acoustic Deep End Sessions concert before a full house. Luther Strong’s version of the tune was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1937. Despite what might be inferred from the title, the tune apparently has no connections with hymnody, although Jeff Titon says “the C and B’ parts suggest the excitement of ‘shouting’ (getting happy, feeling the Spirit) in a church.” According to musicologist Jeff Titon, Hiram Stamper told Bruce Greene that "Glory in the Meetinghouse" was a contest tune that he originally learned from Bev Baker, a notorious figure but an influential fiddler. Stamper also indicated the tune was known to other fiddlers at the time and that Baker had played it in the 1919 Berea fiddle contest. Luther Strong says, “I won $500 on this tune” at the end of his LC AFS field recording. The tune has similarities to the bluegrass composition “Jerusalem Ridge.” See The Traditional Tune Archive. Live film audio by Stephen Schauer. Directed by David © 2018 Deep End Sessions.
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.
CALEB KLAUDER & REEB WILLMS
Duo, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms perform the Buck Owens classic, There Goes My Love, in an all acoustic live concert in the living room of a California farmhouse as part of the Deep End Sessions series, December 9, 2017. Reeb Willms, vocals & guitar; Caleb Klauder, vocals & mandolin.