Clarence White and Tony Rice

In 1973 Clarence White, along with his brother Roland,  picks on a couple of classics on his Martin “Holy Grail” D28 guitar. Amazing how, on I Am A Pilgrim, he never strays to far from the melody and somehow manages to take somewhat lengthy improvised excursions in both time and tone between the melody notes. How is that possible? There’s no words to tell. Check it out.

Then on Soldier’s Joy, he just blasts away; his left hand looks so relaxed !! so efficient !!

38 years later Tony Rice performs I Am A Pilgrim with the Tony Rice Unit as a tribute to Clarence. Tony is playing on the very same Martin “Holy Grail” D28 guitar that Clarence used those many years ago.

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Comparing the music enhanced brain activity of listeners to musicians

Is there such a thing as music enhanced brain activity? Apparently, listening to music causes multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.

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This 5 minute TedEd video informs us that neuroscientists are learning that music engages our brains like nothing else. Check it out. Then pick up an instrument for a full brain workout. Or turn on some tunes on the radio, pop in a CD, or take a walk with your iPhone and get a body / brain workout.

Just as some people cook but everyone eats, some people are musicians but everyone listens to music. Music is food for the soul. Food is music for the body.

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Tony Rice Unit at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA in April 1990

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good vibrations

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Jay DiBiasio’s Battuto

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Dirty Dan and the Nematodes !!

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Ry Cooder and the Chicken Skin Band play ‘He’ll Have To Go’

(written by by Joe and Audrey Allison) live at Shepherd’s Bush Television Theatre, London in 1977.

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David’s son, Jay, releases his first CD!

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what a way to kill the blues

Great song written by Rowland Salley, covered here by Chris Smither and played in open G.

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Is banjo heaven an oxymoron ??

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