Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina

Southern bluegrass, on the streets of Charleston, on a sunny Sunday.  Doesn’t get any better than that.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Once a month the main streets of Charleston are closed to traffic and musicians of all kinds play the streets. Charleston has become the # 1 city for tourism in the US and this is one of the reasons.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

One person played the Dobro, a kazoo, and sandpaper (for a scratching sound) attached to his foot.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Another person played the spoons, a traditional percussion instrument and hard to actually play. An old fashion skill.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

She also played a small high hat type cymbal, bells by her feet, a cowbell, and drum sticks. There was an old time ceramic jug, the kind that can make a deep bass sound with a good blow, so I assume the percussion and jug were the same person. Unless it was filled with ‘shine’.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

Last was a singer and banjo player. He could belt out traditional songs with a traditional voice. He wasn’t from New Jersey and faking it.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

He played both a traditional 4 string banjo and a 6 string banjo.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

They were using the a store front, and shade from a palm tree, as their stage. The street was clogged and packed with people listening. Some even singing along, which I guess means they weren’t tourist because they knew the old words.

Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina - Click To Enlarge
Bluegrass, Charleston, South Carolina – Click To Enlarge

There had been a bluegrass festival outside town the day before so I guess they had played there first. Not amateurs at all. Even down to how they dressed, sat on antique luggage, and the spoon guy…

Many people play around Charleston on any given day. These were the best I have seen and enjoyed.

 

 

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