Thursday, January 17, 2013

Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival

Red Mountain White Trash at Kentuck Festival

Alabama Music goes to Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama to attend the Kentuck Festival of the Arts 2012. On hand to entertain was Red Mountain White Trash.

The Trash play good-time, old-time string band music. At festivals and clubs you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of impromptu humor as well. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes. RMWT's expertise as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the country.

The band members started playing together around 1985. They all lived in Birmingham on Red Mountain in a historic neighborhood that was being gentrified by young professionals. Slow to renovate, the band members wondered if they were considered the "white trash" of the neighborhood and savored the concept of BMWs upon blocks and obsolete espresso machines on the front porch. Thus came the band name that has been loved by some, deplored by others. Though their name is facetious, they take their music seriously. Many of their tunes were collected from older fiddlers in Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in which they live.

Folks often describe Red Mountain White Trash as a wall of sound. Components of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, autoharp by Bill Martin and bass by Nancy Jackson. Vocalist Carole Griffin often joins them for concerts and festivals.

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