Originally created 06/08/01

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country to be heard in Carnegie

Country and bluegrass artists featured on the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou? will perform songs from the hit film in New York City's Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night.

Performers include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Norman Blake, Dan Tyminski, Chris Thomas King, the Fairfield Four, the Whites, the Cox Family and the Peasall Sisters.

Grand Ole Opry artist Buck White told Bill Anderson on the June 2 edition of TNN's Opry Backstage that he did not know whether O Brother star George Clooney would appear.

It shouldn't really matter to the Carnegie Hall audience because Mr. Clooney didn't sing in the movie: Union Station band member Mr. Tyminski provided the singing voice for the former ER TV series star.

Because of the success of the O Brother soundtrack, which went to No. 1 on Billboard magazine's country albums chart, Mr. Tyminski has formed a bluegrass quartet, the Dan Tyminski Band. You can read about the group at the Web site www.dantyminski.com.

Country and bluegrass music in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall is nothing new. The first Carnegie country concert was held on Sept. 18, 1947. It was headlined by Grand Ole Opry legend Ernest Tubb and also featured Opry stars Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff. Mr. Tubb was reported to have said, "This place could sure hold a lot of hay!"

Miss Pearl was back in Carnegie Hall on Nov. 29, 1961, for another Opry concert that also included Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline and Grandpa Jones.

Bluegrass duo Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded a highly successful Live in Carnegie Hall album, as did Buck Owens and his Buckaroos.

BLUEBIRD ANNIVERSARY: The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn., celebrated its 19th anniversary Tuesday with several notable guests performing, including Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie lead vocalist), Deborah Allen, Michael Johnson and Bruce Channel.

The cafe, which is in a shopping mall, opened in June 1982 as a gourmet restaurant serving lunch and dinner, with a little music on the side. It didn't take long for struggling Nashville songwriters and singers, many of whom became stars, to take over the place.

You can see the Turner South cable series Live From the Bluebird Cafe at 8 tonight and 6 p.m. Sunday, or visit the Web site www.bluebirdcafe.com.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 30 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at ramblin@morris.com.


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