Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Avett Brothers

I'll be gone until the 1st, staying and playing at the wonderful Camp Bratton Green in Canton, MS. So in my stead I leave you with one of my favorite group of artists (From North Carolina too!) of all time, The Avett Brothers.

I received this live dvd/cd/poster/bandana combo for Christmas. Already watched it twice and it's worth many more. This is one of their best songs, great on the live cd, and extremely impressive when they shoot off the lyrics REM End of the World style in the first verse. Watch the video, and I strongly recommend the Live Vol. 3 DVD and every other song they've ever played.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mountain Man

Ed Presnell, a mountain craftsman and native of Watauga County, North Carolina, demonstrates and comments on the construction of a dulcimer. Presnell learned his craft from his father-in-law. Film includes a brief performance on a finished dulcimer by his wife, Nettie. This 16mm film is archived in the Thomas G. Burton and Jack Schrader collection in the Archives of Appalachia, East Tennesse State University. -Folkstreams

Watch this great video on Edd Presnell explaining the steps and intricacies of creating a dulcimer and other great movies (Medicine Fiddle is another favorite) at Folkstreams.

Ed reminds me of the Appalachian State University mascot, who's picture here was taken on a recent college trip through North Carolina.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Shopping Spree - J Crew

How about a shopping spree from J Crew to get you ready for Christmas! I have all of these garments (of variations there-of) so this is almost a uniform look for me. The notable exception being the vest, never been big on them before but I liked the look of this one.

Hat - Saint James watch cap (For the Zizou vibe)
Vest - Crescent Down Works, North by Northwest vest (There's a very narrow cold front sweeping through the nation...)
Sweater - Enfield sweater
Shirt - Broken-In crewneck (Easily substituted for a good ol' Hanes)
Belt - BillyKirk small buckle belt
Jeans - Levi's 501
Socks - Marled socks
Shoes - Suede MacAlister boots (Cheating, but I would still choose my Clarks desert boots over these)