Michelle Obama looking great whith her New 'Do
Yesterday and last night was the second in a series of “Music at the White House” – a series started by Mrs. Obama. The first was Jazz at the White House, featuring some of the greats, including the Marsalis family, Paquito D’Rivera, Tony Madruga, Zach Brown, Kush Abadey and Elijah Easton, who is a 17-year-old student at the Duke Ellington School of Music.
Last Night’s performance featured Country greats Charley Pride and Brad Paisley, as well as Bluegrass giants Allison Krauss and Union Station. Earlier, Paisley, Krauss and Union Station taught 120 middle and high school music students from Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia about music and song writing.
Now, BTx3 has some West Virginia Hilltop roots – so I got exposed to, and gained an appreciation of Bluegrass at an early age. One of my cousins was the subject of a PBS special on the roots of Country Music. (That’s right, black folks played old-tyme country music as well, creating the fusion that would eventually diverge to become modern country, R&B, and rock.) Read the rest of this entry »