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#BOTB: Man of Constant Sorrow

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Hello, kittens & dawgs! I wanted to get a day jump-start on the first round of Battle of the Bands. I think a lot of y’all are taking part in the challenge, but if not then you ought to check it out to see if you’d like to get in on the action before sign up deadline.

Easter is a matter of days away. While I wanted a religious song for today’s inspiring dual, my brain went another direction. Maybe, it’s not too far off course, but this little song has nothing to do with the Son of man.

Man of Constant Sorrow is an American folk song. It’s speculated that Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler, from Kentucky wrote the song around 1913 and was the first to record the song under another name “Farewell Song”.

Soggy Bottom Boys brought new life to this song when O’ Brother Where Art Thou debuted in 2000. It was the first time I’d heard the song and it immediately struck my happy chord. The lyrics tell a sad story, but the bluegrass sound reminded me of my childhood. It’s fair to say, I won’t use this cover because I’m afraid too many of you feel the same as I do and it’ll be another run away victory.

Instead, I’m looking for something different to tickle your ears.  I’m pitting a band against a soloist in this edition. Who will win? It’s all up to y’all to decide. Let the battle begin!

I know you guys have heard of the American bluegrass-country band, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Of the bands in the genre, I found Alison & Company’s more to my liking than the older bluegrass-country style. They give the Soggy Bottom Boys a run with their cover.

 

My next pick absolutely took me totally by surprise, Rod Stewart ~ Rod the Mod would not have ever entered my mind as one to do this song. His bluesy rock sound and personal twist on this old-time diddy is worth throwing in the ring.

 

 

Okay, my two top choices did their thing center ring, now the rest is up to you!
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Just for fun…In the past year, we got hooked on The Voice. Up until then, we weren’t fans of the show. The talent has always been below average to average, nothing special attracted us. However, last season drew us in with the fun camaraderie of the judges, especially between Levine and Shelton. So, we began watching regularly. This season Sawyer Fredericks performed Man of Constant Sorrow for his first audition and I thought I’d share it with you, but it’s not part of today’s battle.

Okay, visit STMcCP to get the 411 on how Battle of the Bands works, but those who know what to do then it’s time to play along with the other members!

I’ll have the results next week this time posted in my side menu as a sticky note. I invite you to check back to see, if your pick gets named the winner. Thanks so much. Until we meet again, have a bandtastic day. Oh yeah, I hope to see you tomorrow for my first installment of #AprilA2Z! 😉

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Saturday Song-susian #27 ~ Grand Funk Railroad

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Earlier in the week, A Daft Scots Lass spotlighted a song from a 70s crazy popular American hard rock band. There’s a saying that goes, “If you remember the 70s, you didn’t live it.” Well, I am here to tell you I was there, remembering and loving the music!

However, as time goes by my memory begins to fade on who did what songs. I wanted to review the heydays of this group, so please raise your hands in the air and get ready to live or relive the sounds of Grand Funk Railroad!

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Photo of GRAND FUNK and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD; – Craig Frost, Mel Schacher, Don Brewer and Mark Farner, 1970 Credit: RB/Redferns/Getty

First let me say, I really wanted to start with a song by Grand Funk Railroad from 1969, the band’s birth year, but none of their music resonated as being remotely familiar. I guess I was too young to take note. When the 70s rolled in, this hard rock bluesy sounding group were cranking out highly favorable tunes with the bands’ fans.

My clearest musical recollections of Grand Funk Railroad is from these selections…

 

 

 

 

 

grand_funk_railroad_logoWhat’s your favorite song(s) by Grand Funk Railroad? Did you live or are you visiting the 70s?

 

 

I hope you enjoyed your visit. In fact, I hope you enjoyed it so much that you cannot wait to tell your friends. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button! You know you wanna. 😉 Thank you for taking time out of your weekend in stopping by to listen to tunes on Saturday Songsuasian!

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Band member: Mel Schacher, Max Carl, Don Brewer, Bruce Kulick, & Tim Cashion. Read Band bio, here.

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