BBC DOCUMENTARY - BLUES AMERICA: WOKE UP THIS MORNING (PT.1)
FEATURING THE EBONY HILLBILLIES, KEITH RICHARDS, BONNIE RAITT, TAJ MAHAL, J PAXTON, ETC...

HERE IN ITS ENTIRETY, THE BBC DOCUMENTARY - BLUES AMERICA! (PART ONE - WOKE UP THIS MORNING) 
(SEE THE EBONY HILLBILLIES SEGMENT TIME - 5:04)
Blues is usually described as the sound of racial suffering and feeling sad, but this documentary argues that the blues began as a form of black pop music. First appearing in the Southern states of the USA around 1900, based on early string band rhythms of old time music represented by the EH - With additional commentary from The Ebony Hillbillies, Keith Richards, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Chuck D. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hZMHLGMpzc
 

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- The Ebony Hillbillies evoke the traditional sounds of 19th century African American music. Here,
the group performs at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Music of Monticello and the Blue Ridge
concert, sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


https://youtu.be/ZdPNd_-ugYw



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THE EBONY HILLBILLIES BRING OLE TIMEY (AMERICANA) MUSIC
TO LINCOLN CENTER'S SPECIAL OUT-OF-DOORS PERFORMANCES

As one of the last black string bands in the U.S., the Hillbillies keep an important legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style that was a key element in the genesis of all-American music: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll, and country.

 
THE EBONY HILLBILLIES WITH TEADA -
A SPECIAL NYC LIVE PERFORMANCE FOR THE HIGH ROADS & RAILROADS PROJECT -  A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE INTERSECTION OF TWO CULTURES - FEATURING THE EBONY HILLBILLIES AND MUSICAL IRELAND'S ALL STAR STRING BAND LED BY OISIN MAC DIARMADA, TEADA.

The music of Ireland meets the music of an African-American string band. During the early American experience, both musical traditions borrowed heavily from one another. When slaves were called to bring their stringed instruments to play for the plantation frolics they brought their fiddles and banjos and played the jigs, and reels – dance music - often from an Irish tradition. As the oldest known traditional Irish instrument, the fiddle took its place as the primary instrument at these gatherings. The banjo, having its origin in West Africa, was brought to the plantation adding its rhythmic sound to the fiddler’s lines. So fitting were these two instruments, the banjo was then taken to Ireland to become a “traditional” Irish instrument. These common roots and experiences will be explored musically as these two great traditions come together for an evening of music and dance from Africa, America and Ireland.


https://youtu.be/kekek4HSxiE



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