April Video a Day: Doc Watson, I’ll Fly Away

The heart of MerleFest was Doc Watson, as it was his late son Merle that the event was founded to honor. Doc passed away between the 2012 and 2013 festivals, today’s clip is from his final MerleFest set, a nice version of this gospel classic with the backing of the Nashville Bluegrass Band:

April Video a Day: The Steel Wheels, Long Way to Go (live at Merlefest)

Since I’m heading to cover the MerleFest four-day music festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina in a couple days, the rest of this week and through the weekend I’ll be posting live clips from previous Merlefest weekends. Today’s is from a band I discovered at the festival in 2012 and who will be back this year, The Steel Wheels. They’re a great example of the ‘traditional-plus’ attitude of the festival bookings, which range from country to folk, bluegrass, blues, acoustic music of all stripes, some rock, Celtic, and more. And it’s performances like this one that keep people coming back to MerleFest year after year.

April Video a Day: It Isn’t Easy Being Green

For Earth Day, I wanted to post a video related to the occasion but I kept thinking of Kermit the Frog’s classic “It Isn’t Easy Being Green”. In searching for a good version to include here, I came across the one from Big Bird at Kermit creator Jim Henson’s funeral…it’s not the happiest take on it, obviously, but it’s from the heart:

For a bonus version, see Kermit and Ray Charles:

 

April Video a Day: BUHO, Endless/Blur

Today’s clip is an animated music video for Búho’s Endless/Blur, animated and produced by S.Texas pop surrealist, Bradley O. Wilkinson aka Darm Darm.The music’s intense, with lyrics only starting around the halfway mark of the tune…add the weird psychedelic animation and it’s even more intriguingly strange.