Monday, February 22, 2010

High Tone Music of Idaho

Below from our friend and Idaho music history affectionado Gary Eller. Thanks for your continued great work Gary (and the supporting cast of musicians) for your many contributions to the preservation of historical Idaho music. John

Greetings from Pickles Butte, home of the Idaho Songs Project. Here are some update items for the project.

The projects website at has been updated with audio tracks for January through May based on pre-radio era Idaho-related music. There are some very cool new songs that relate to the fabric of life in the earlier days of Idaho in these postings. Just follow the link to Idaho Songs of the Month.

And, two weeks ago we released High Tone Music of Idaho. You can read about this project at the Recordings link for the website above, and I've also included the cover below. The project contains 16 audio tracks and an interpretive booklet. All songs are based on pre-1920 Idaho-related sheet music performed in the "classical" piano/five-string banjo style, Sean Rogers of Boise is on piano and lead vocals and I'm on banjo and harmony vocals. This instrumental combination graced fine music parlors and halls a hundred years ago, before banjos became uncool. In many respects, the three-fingered banjo style anticipated the bluegrass style techniques by many decades. $15 plus tax and shipping, if you're interested in this unique project.
(Click on picture to enlarge for better viewing)

My 2010 calendar is filling up fast with historically-based Idaho songs programs for the Speakers Bureau program of the Idaho Humanities Council around Idaho. Also, I'm playing banjo for the Chicken Dinner Road bluegrass band which will be doing festivals and other events all over Idaho in 2010. Perhaps our paths will cross during the year.

As always, if you find some early Idaho songs based on actual Idaho people, places or events that are not in the Idaho Songs bibliography that you can access at the website above, please let me know.

And if you find technical or factual problems with the website, please let me know.

Regards - Gary Eller

(While looking for a chicken dinner, I found the following link. Take a look and a listen. John)
Chicken Dinner Road

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