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Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass

by The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz

Not 'yer daddy's bluegrass.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Cold, Cold Love
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3:07 album only
2. Please Search Your Heart
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2:49 album only
3. I Can See Clearly Now
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2:57 album only
4. Day After Day
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3:10 album only
5. Lost Indian (Disoriented Native American)
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1:56 album only
6. Hot Corn, Cold Corn
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2:19 album only
7. Angeline The Baker
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2:22 album only
8. Pancho & Lefty
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3:27 album only
9. Where Does An Old Time Riverman Go?
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3:36 album only
10. Calgary
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1:52 album only
11. Love Of The Mountains
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2:55 album only
12. Hold On
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2:18 album only
13. Jubilee
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3:24 album only
14. I Am, I Was, I Will
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15. Diamond Joe
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16. Wilson't Clog
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17. Why You Been Gone So Long
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Once upon a time, many years ago in the early 1950's, in three very divergent parts of the country, three lovely young ladies each gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. These mothers were filled with joy and hope for the future for their young offspring. But in 2002, these mothers hopes were dashed when the grown boyz converged together to form an alliance. There was much consternation from all corners as this axis of goobers became The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz. Hans "Fritz" Mayers on banjo and mandolin, Willi Sager on bass and Rex Hall on guitar came together with the sole purpose of humiliating the musical world with their slip-shod musicianship and annoying arrangements. This was their destiny. And you now in front of you is the culmination of this lunacy, their very first recording. History is in the making. We can only pray that if enough of these disks of vexation sell, they will get complacent and forget to do a follow-up. … if only . . . De deh deeeeeeeeee! Spring Has Sprung!

And check out this review in Red Shtick Magazine
http://www.redshtickmagazine.com/article657.html


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David Breaux

Great listening - thanks guys
The songs and music remind me of some of my favorite places in the Ozark Mountains. Very good. I enjoy the music.

CyberGrass

Here is a band that doesn't follow the normal or traditional path to making blue
Here is a band that doesn't follow the normal or traditional path to making bluegrass music. They're not your Mama's Oldsmobile and they aren't your Daddy's Bluegrass. The band does, however, have a nack of taking non-bluegrass material and arranging it so that it fits the bluegrass mold quite well. This is a nack that few bands have really been successful with but that these boyz have found a method to that seems to work quite well.



The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz play songs from Elvis to Willie Nelson to Johnny Nash. The band is just at home playing traditional bluegrass such as "Angeline The Baker" or William Shively's "Love of the Mountains" or Mark Schatz' "Calgary." This mixture makes a band that can be enjoyed and make you say, "I like it!"
The boyz also have a great sense of humor. The liner notes on their Not 'yer Daddy's Bluegrass release says, "Hans 'Fritz' Mayers on Banjo and Mandolin, Willi Sager on Bass and Rex Hall on Guitar came together with the sole purpose of humiliating the musical world with their slip-shod musicianship and annoying arrangements." The problem is, their arrangements are well done and the musicianship isn't what I would call slip-shod.

The band's donation box simply states, "The sooner the box fills up, the sooner we'll stop playing and you don't have to listen to us anymore." The problem is that people do want to listen to them. Lots of good and lots of problems (good problems). This is just more of their sense of humor that puts that extra entertainment value and life into the band's performances.

The trio puts a lot of work into their arrangements to take foreign matter and turn it into their own Bagasse*. They take traditional bluegrass music and play it well. The band is entertaining, humorous, musical and fun. This keeps them from being just another band lost in the noise. This band is different.

* ba-gasse Noun: the dry, fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugar cane, used as a source of cellulose for some paper products.



Copyright 1992-2006 by CYBERGRASS®

Red Shtick Magazine - Carole Davidson

"...I would highly recommend picking up this CD..."
...A while back, I went to listen to The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz. I loved their performance because they were musically tight and they didn't take themselves seriously. They also kept me on their email list after I reviewed their performance, so I always knew when and where they were playing. This reason alone is how I knew that The Boyz had recorded a CD, Not 'Yer Daddy's Bluegrass, and were peddling it to the public.

I emailed them back and told them that I would review their CD if they sent it to me. People, I got that disc within TWO days. I was massively impressed, and it was perfect timing. My fiancé and I were driving to Virginia, a fourteen-hour drive, and we were in desperate need of something new to listen to. The CD arrived the day before we were scheduled to leave. Since we had to drive through the home of bluegrass to get to Virginia, I thought it would be the perfect soundtrack to accompany that section of our drive.

The production of this compilation is actually very well done. The three-part harmony of the Boyz is balanced perfectly, and the sound is not muffled as you sometimes get from local recordings.

It starts a little slow, and after a couple of songs, I started to get a little disappointed. The CD was good. The music was good. But the quirky humor that was so integral to The Boyz’ live performance seemed to be lacking. Fortunately, my disappointment was premature, and it was a lesson to me that I should be more patient. In track three, they gave me what I was waiting for when they did a bluegrass version of “I Can See Clearly Now.” It's fun and fast and it made me smile – which is more than I can say for the original version of the song, which practically puts me in a coma.

My absolute favorite song on the CD is track number five, “Lost Indian” (or “Disoriented Native American”). It's an entirely instrumental track with a sharp focus on the banjo and a traditional bluegrass piece. The song is upbeat, has a great rhythm, and made me wish I wasn't in the car so I could be dancing, even though I have no idea how to dance to bluegrass. (I know it has got to entail more than stomping one foot up and down, bringing the knee up to chest level while clapping your hands, despite what Hollywood shows me.) However, I'm Irish, so surely I have the knowledge of how to do a jig in my genetic code.

Another song that I really liked was another instrumental piece called “Calgary” (track 10). No, it's not because I don't enjoy the vocals on the CD. The Boyz are very good and have wonderful harmonies. I just really enjoy listening to the instruments. Bluegrass is not an easy genre of music to play, and I love to hear the complicated note patterns and rhythms that bluegrass musicians seem to so easily produce. One vocal track that I really enjoyed, and can partially sing from memory now, is track 15, “Diamond Joe,” another traditional bluegrass song. Driving through Appalachia, it made me wonder how many other times this song may have been played by other musicians in that very same area.

Overall, I enjoyed the disc. My only complaint is that, as so often happens when a band makes a CD, the recording is never as good as the band is when they play live. (What can I say; I'm spoiled.) When a band plays live, there is an intangible energy between the performers and the audience that you just can't get from a recording, and it’s one of the reasons that live performances are so awesome.

I would highly recommend picking up this CD, especially if you are a bluegrass fan, but even more, I would recommend that you go see this band in person. When they play live, they are unbelievably fun and entertaining. (One of these days, I am actually going to take my future in-laws to see them play, if I can ever get a moment.) To find out how to get a CD, and where and when The Boyz are playing, you can go to www.myspace.com/thefabulousbagasseboyz. There’s also a link to the podcast of their February 17 performance on WRKF's “Hootenanny Power.” ...

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The trio is especially brilliant in its harmonies
(Translated from original German)

..."Hans "Fritz" Myer on banjo and mandoline, Willi Sager on bass and Rex Hall have gotten together to share their musical talent and their comedy with the world. Now they've completed a CD containing 17 pieces. Contradictory ones among them, such as "Cold, Cold Love" and "Hot Corn, Cold Corn." The trio is especially brilliant in its harmonies. Their voices complement each other perfectly. There is no weakness to be found. For me personally, two pieces on Indians are especially interesting. Not your usual bluegrass theme. But anyone who dares have a go at the Townes classic "Pancho and Lefty" has lots of guts in any case. And ability. The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz seem to have received both in the cradle"...

The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz

"Fabulous"
We like it really good, but we're probably a little biased.

Spring Has Sprung!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Ross

Goofy goobers make Spongebob proud w/ animated hydrodynamic music
Playing Time – 46:46 -- In their CD liner notes, the Fabulous Bagasse Boyz extend special thanks to Spongebob Squarepants (yes, the cartoon character) for his “infinite wisdom, advice and ongoing inspiration.” That alone may give you a hint about this Louisiana-based trio that takes its name from that fibrous part of sugar cane or sugar beets that is left after the juice has been extracted. The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz don’t live in a pineapple under the sea, but they certainly have a lot of fun and serve up plenty of nonsense. At the same time, their seventeen tracks aren’t so crazy that they encourage you to drop on the deck and flop like a fish. When they play a standard number like “Hot Corn, Cold Corn,” they emphasize the former. The Boyz are simply a good-time band that is entertaining for their irreverence and attitude that don’t necessarily strive for a flashy, conventional approach to bluegrass. Heck, didn’t Spongebob once say, “Imaginaaaaaation makes a rainbow”? Another favorite quote from the character is that “some day, with a little luck, and a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams will come true!” That may very well be the underlying tenet for these Boyz.

The FBB consists of Rex Hall (guitar), Willi Sager (bass), and Hans “Fritz” Mayers (banjo, mandolin). You can tell they really enjoy playing together … and singing in harmony. For something really off-the-wall, perhaps they should work up a bluegrass version of Spongebob’s theme song. They do, however, cover eclectic material from such diverse sources as Johnny Nash to Dave Akeman, John Hartford to Mark Schatz, Bill Bryson to Pete Goble, Townes Van Zandt to William Shively. There are also a number of traditional instrumental tunes featuring primarily banjo breaks with solid rhythm accompaniment. Mayers does a particularly fine job on “Lost Indian,” which they also list as “Disoriented Native American” and end with a whoop. “Calgary” also has plenty of drive. “Wilson’s Clog” is one you don’t often hear on banjo. Mayers’ mandolin makes only an understated appearance in a few places like Roy Maples’ gospel piece “I Am, I Was, I Will.” On their future projects, it would be nice to hear some more mandolin, as well as perhaps some guests on fiddle and/or resophonic guitar. Almost all of their songs are concise and succinct, each coming in at three minutes or less. I understand that their infectious repertoire at live shows is even more varied with songs from Elvis, Gershwin, Everly Brothers, Village People, and others. They also display a Spongebob donation box with a caveat -- “the sooner the box fills up, the sooner we’ll stop playing and you don’t have to listen to us anymore.”

The spirited band formed in 2002, and their notes state that “there was much consternation from all corners as this axis of goobers …. came together with the sole purpose of humiliating the musical world with their slip-shod musicianship and annoying arrangements.” It’s refreshing that “Not ‘Yer Daddy’s Bluegrass” doesn’t take itself too seriously. Their first album is referred to as a “disc of vexation,” but it’s really not so annoying or distressing. Their music is full of banjo-centric fun, enthusiastic vocals, and down-home excitement. It’s very animated hydrodynamically designed music that would make Spongebob proud, and The Fabulous Bagasse Boyz aren’t even above calling themselves goofy goobers. With a fast-moving stageshow that incorporates strong comedy, I’ll bet they’re hits at regional fairs, quirky festivals, and rowdy clubs … especially when Annoy Squidward Day rolls around every year. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)