Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dr. Corns' Bluegrass Remedy - Live LP

I doubt many people thing of Portland, Oregon as a mecca for bluegrass music, but there have been a few really good bluegrass acts that have came out of the Beaver State and Dr. Corns' Bluegrass Remedy was one of them.

The band was active in the 70's and unfortunately this live recording is the only thing they ever released, as far as I know.

I first heard this band on KBOO's bluegrass show one Saturday morning and was shocked to find that they were a local act.

Great name, nothing like a moonshine reference for a bluegrass band.

This album is made up of three live shows at Reed College, Portland State University and Oregon State University in 1974.

There are some great songs on this album that are pretty much bluegrass standards such as:
"Orange Blossom Special"
"Tennessee Blues"
"Duelin Banjos"

To name few, the cover of "Great Balls of Fire," made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis is pretty darn good. The one song that left me shaking my head in a strange way was the song "Little Sadie" which sounds a lot like "Cocaine Blues," without the cocaine being mentioned. Am I wrong? Listen to it and see what you think.

This is a must have album is you like bluegrass and if you are in the Pacific Northwest of the USA you should be able to find this pretty easy even though it's been out of print for years.

Recorded in 1974, but released in 1977 on Grass Roots Music of Portland, OR.


Brian Guy

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