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Bud and Travis revisited

GUEST,Bluesman James 11 Apr 10 - 09:58 AM
open mike 11 Apr 10 - 03:48 PM
open mike 11 Apr 10 - 05:00 PM
Stringsinger 12 Apr 10 - 01:43 PM
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Subject: Folklore/World Music: Bud and Travis revisited
From: GUEST,Bluesman James
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 09:58 AM

Wow: I have spent the last week or so revisiting a duo that was so ahead of their time.
In late 50-60's there was a duo of Travis Edmonson and Bud Dashiell
created a "polished" folk music that was based largely upon Mexico and Southwest influence. They did much more than that but I would this thread to focus on the Hispanic/Latino music.
They versions of "La Bamba" "Malaguena Salerosa" and my favorite "Vamos
Al Baile," may have been Anglo Americas first exposure to Latin American music.
Musically, they were top notch guitarists using bolero, and what times almost a Flamenco rhythms to their music.
This was "Pre-Dylan" music and I suppose many would consider them too polished - I remember the Washington Square -tail end of the scene. If you came on stage with a jacket and tie you were considered a traitor.Go figure

Travis greatest contribution was a series he did called "Border Crossing" Its a three part series about the Arizona/Mexico border and the cross cultural influences that carry from one part to another. Travis, this is decades before the Tea Parties and Minutemen
addresses the "Wall" commenting that "folks were always trying to separate the peoples but they are one culture and real Western Music owes more to Mexico than to Nashville.
In this time of Immigrant Bashing and Sheriff Ampario, we all need to listen to this again.
I find it fascinating as we now have "The Putamayo Music Label, World Music sites all over the internet, and an increased interest of multi-cultural ism, we will realize how Bud and Travis were way, way ahead of their time:
here some links
http://www.budandtravis.com/budmusic.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMzNjTdbybE

Here is the Youtube links to Border Crossing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p6vwQhp0So

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmLz4TCzXqc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtLjRZQp3Dk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-9Aoa10apA&feature=related

I ask each and everyone of you to take the time and check out Border Crossings its incredible piece of music and folklore


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Bud and Travis revisited
From: open mike
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 03:48 PM

Border Crossing
that t.v. iis wonderful (please excuse technical glitches,
and keep your volume down at first to avoid test pattern and annoying beep)
but it is a great story about cowboy music and mexican vaquero culture


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Bud and Travis revisited
From: open mike
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 05:00 PM

we have had several discussions about Bud And Travis
but they do not show up in the mudcat search or as links at the
beginning of this thread as they usually do so i will post some

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=78944

there is a list of related threads in the above thread


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Bud and Travis revisited
From: Stringsinger
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 01:43 PM

Trav majored in cultural anthropology and musicology at the U. of Arizona. He was extremely knowledgeable about Mexican and Latin American music.

Bud and Travis were highly musical with good voices and commanding stage presentation.
Trav cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian at one time.

They were also fun to jam with when I sat in with them at the Gate of Horn in Chicago.
They played nylon string guitars as do many Mexican and Latino musicians.

They also enjoyed excursions into jazz and worked with a bass player named "Buckwheat".

They had an unfortunate break-up which I had the misfortune to witness.

The two personalities were opposite in values and temperament but their music worked
so well together.

My faves were "Florecita de la Cielo" from Paraguay and "Amor de la Caille" from Mexico.

They did other languages as well. The "Framboise" song, "Rasberries, Strawberries"
and some show tunes such as "I Talk To The Trees" and "They Call The Wind Mariah" from Paint Your Wagon.

They were musical, versatile, accomplished singers and players and never had a
"single" hit recording though they worked posh night clubs like the St. Regis Roof
in New York. They had an enthusiastic following.

I'm glad their music is being recognized.


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