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not spoof: Christopher Guest recording

Desert Dancer 02 Feb 09 - 08:11 PM
katlaughing 02 Feb 09 - 10:02 PM
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Subject: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 08:11 PM

Reported on NPR All Things Considered this evening:

Beyman Bros: The Thinking Person's Americana
By Tom Moon

"All Things Considered, February 2, 2009 - Actor and filmmaker Christopher Guest is probably best known for his role as lead singer Nigel Tufnel in the 1984 mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.

"But he's always been a serious musician. Now, for the first time in his career, Guest is sharing that side of his personality. He and some longtime friends calling themselves The Beyman Bros have just released their first CD, Memories of Summer as a Child."

"Guest plays guitar and mandolin, mandolin cello, and even the clarinet."

Full story for listening or reading, as well as additional sound and video here.

It's not folk, but if you like "Americana": it's "a striking, spacious sound: instrumentals that exude the placid calm of meditation music, but also carry flashes of rock-guitar brilliance, late-night swamp blues and the carefully knit tapestries of bluegrass. It's thinking person's Americana — lovely and low-key and enchanting, and nothing you'd expect from the guy who gave the world guitar amps that go up to 11."

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 10:02 PM

Thanks, Becky. I an enjoying the sound samples. Nice sounding music...very mellow. (At least the first piece I am listening to is.)

kat


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 10:08 PM

Not a folk musician? Wasn't he in A Mighty Wind?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: open mike
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 05:49 AM

he directed and/or wrore and/or produced mighty wind and several other hilarious movies..spinal tap, the dog show one...first is show... and others..
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001302/


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 10:56 AM

I'm sure there's a scene (or more than one) where he plays mando or guitar in Mighty Wind - I seem to recall their group rehearsing in someone's front room and CG sitting on the sofa pickin' casually...? I didn't see the full-DVD version where they show the whole concert (saving that for the next time I visit Tabster) (I'll bring the popcorn) but doesn't he play in the performance?

Thanks for this thread, Dancer - a real day-brightener.


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Cool Beans
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 12:22 PM

His accomplice David Nichtern wrote "Midnight at the Oasis."


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 02:08 PM

Joe -

It's clear he certainly knows his folk, I just meant that I personally wouldn't use the term "folk" for the music on his new recording. I much prefer "Americana" for this. Others' mileage will definitely differ. ;-)

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Ref
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 10:07 PM

AKA Lord Christopher Haden-Guest.


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Subject: RE: not spoof: Christopher Guest recording
From: Ref
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 10:10 PM

Read about him in Wikipedia. Interesting background and mention of his musical history.


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