March 26, 2005

The Ridgewood Boys

I hadn't intended to post anything until after Easter; however, I stumbled on something pretty cool this evening. My old friend Rick Saenz and his son have spent that last several years learning to play and sing bluegrass music. They've gone to bluegrass camps and open-mikes and workshops, they've taken lessons, they've played gigs with other bands and by themselves, and they've practiced an awful lot; Rick's written extensively about the whole process, and it's been fascinating to watch. From a distance, mind you; I'm in California and they are in Tennessee and so I've never actually heard them perform.

So yesterday the two of them recorded fourteen tracks, and today Rick put the MP3's up on the web. Bluegrass isn't my usual cup of tea, not that I know anything about it; and anyway I gather that Rick and Chris's flavor of bluegrass is anything but mainstream, looking back to the 30's and 40's. But I have to say, they sound really good. You can find the tracks here. Of the ones I've listened to, I recommend "This Weary Heart You Stole Away" and "Don't Cheat in Our Home Town".

Posted by Will Duquette at March 26, 2005 09:30 PM

Rick Saenz said:

For someone who doesn't listen to much bluegrass, you picked a couple of pretty hardcore songs. Those are both by the Stanley Brothers, probably our favorite bluegrass band.