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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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2017 winners of the Appalachian Stringband Contest in Clifftop, WV.
The Onlies are four prominent young interpreters of old time Appalachian stringband music. Over the past fifteen years, Sami Braman, Vivian Leva, Riley Calcagno, and Leo Shannon have developed an individual sound by diving deep into traditional melodies and crafting original songs that “demonstrate an enviable ability to move beyond the immediacy of their lives to touch at deeper truths...[their] covers of traditional songs and tunes harken to the original but are unleashed with the kind of wild, free abandon that only youth provides” (Kithfolk). The Onlies' albums have charted on radio stations around the country, and they have had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Elvis Costello, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, Altan, Tristan Clarridge, and John Herrmann. In recent years, the Onlies have found a musical center in Old Time Appalachian stringband music, and their fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing have become a fixture in a wave of young people who are studying and engaging with the old time tradition with a deep respect for the history of the music, as well as a curiosity about how old time music fits into contemporary sounds and culture. Their most recent release is The Ruglifters (2018), an old time recording in collaboration with John Herrmann, Meredith McIntosh, Eric Robertson, and Tristan Clarridge. Vivian Leva's charting solo debut, Time is Everything was released on Free Dirt Records in 2018 as well.
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
Brett Ratliff - Little Birdie
Brett Ratliff performs Little Birdie, citing many East Kentucky influences for this traditional old-time tune... “It’s kind of a mesh up of several versions of Little Birdie that I’ve heard over the years. I think about Morgan Sexton when I think about that tune. I think about Roscoe Holcomb when I think about that tune. I think about Ralph Stanley when I think about that tune. All of those players from back home had slightly different takes on the same song, some of ‘em drastically different takes on the same song. And that one was mine.” Performed live at Deep End Sessions, April 21, 2018. Directed by David Bunn; Audio by Stephen Schauer; Cameras by Stephen Schauer, Alex Blair, Cody Edison, Julie Cabral; Edited by Alex Blair & David Bunn. Full Concert Film with Betse & Clarke, coming soon. © Deep End Sessions 2019
Betse & Clarke - Cripple Creek
Betse & Clarke perform Cripple Creek (from Ernie Carpenter). Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt perform this tune, using fiddlesticks at first, as part an all acoustic concert in the living room of a California farmhouse as part of the Deep End Sessions house concerts. April 21, 2018. Directed by David Bunn; Audio by Stephen Schauer; Cameras by Cody Edison, Alex Blair, Julie Cabral and Stephen Schauer (DP). Edited by Alex Blair & David Bunn. © 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.