by John Tarpley
Last month, when the Rock Candy blog broke news about the "American Legacies" traveling show coming to Fayetteville, I must have spent half an hour watching and rewatching a 90-second video of a rollicking jam session between the near-mythical New Orleans jazz ensemble and the esteemed bluegrass royalty. To hell with Girl Talk: No mashup is as exciting as hearing Del McCoury's high and lonesome tenor ring though Preservation Hall Jazz Band's ecstatic NOLA boogie on "I'll Fly Away" and the country standard "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)."
Jazz and country and western are the two purest forms of American music and this pairing of two bands that safeguard their traditions is something like a stroke of booking brilliance. But hearing them collaborate is just straight-up massively cool.
Check it out: some great promo thing