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Another fine edition of Austin City Limits: Los Lobos and Ratdog in the same show!

I’ve always liked Los Lobos. I remember seeing them once at Artpark with The Chieftans. An unlikely combo, but not so if you really think about their roots in folk music. The Cheiftans like to do that too: find another band that typifies another style of music and showcase their common ground. It works and makes for some great shows.

Other music: Another artist I’ve always liked is 12-string Guitar Legend Leo Kottke. I recently discovered two albums he did with Mike Gordon, the bassist from Phish. Seems like an unlikely pair too, but the duo works. you can hear the influences of both performers meld in the music. Leo can be bit mechanical sometimes in his playing. He is almost machine-precise. Amazing, but tiring. Mike Gordon seems to add that jam-band influence and seems to have helped Leo find his funky side. The effect is one of those total is greater than the sum of the parts things. I hope they continue to collaborate for some time.

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  1. Okay, I’ve raved about Austin City Limits and still think it’s a great show, but I’ve found an even better show. I don’t know how long it’s been on but I caught it tonight after ACL: Mountain Stage.

    Incidentally, one of the artists featured tonight was Leo Kottke with Mike Gordon. They played two songs in their segment, a real treat.

    I looked at the lineup of shows on their website and the diversity of talent represented is amazing. Just as ACL features more than just country artists, Mountain Stage refuses to be pigeonholed into just Bluegrass.

    Just look at this page: and you will be amazed at the names represented. Every show has two or three favorites. A lot of names you just hardly ever see on TV: Ian Tyson, Richard Thompson, Arlo Guthrie, David Wilcox, Kaki King… on and on.

    I hope they keep carrying this show on WNED. They seem to have a couple other similar shows that often go in that slot: MHZ Presents and Jubilee for instance. Always right after ACL.

    Tonight’s show doesn’t match anything on the current listing. I wonder what that means. Are they running older shows in syndication? If so, when the shows listed just this year come up, there’s some great stuff coming. I hope so.

  2. P. S. I just found out that Soundstage: Lindsey Buckingham with Special Guest Stevie Nicks was suposed to have aired in that timeslot.

    Wonder why the change?

    Mountain Stage seems way better, although I did enjoy Soundstage last week with Chris Isaak…

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