Vermont

Here’s a bonus post this week in honor of my wife and myself, along with our daughter, moving to Vermont in a few weeks. Our first three performers today originated in the Green Mountain State, and the last one moved there from Washington (her 1787 farmhouse featured in the magazine Country Living earlier this year).

Phish – Guelah Papyrus  Vermont’s best known musical export (at least, to anyone under, say, 60ish—anyone older would more likely recognize Rudy Vallee). I first discovered Phish during my freshman year of college. I won their CD, A Picture Of Nectar, through a radio giveaway because I called in and knew the name of Cream’s first single. (Thank you Eric Clapton Crossroads box set for having a detailed discography.)  The answer, by the way, is “Wrapping Paper.”

Dan Tyminski – Bonita And Bill Butler  Tyminski gained attention—if not much in the way of household name recognition—as the singing voice of George Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou, and won a Grammy for his version of “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow.”  He is known in the bluegrass world—and beyond—as the guitarist and mandolin player for Alison Krauss & Union Station.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)  You may know the band due to this rockin’ track off of their eponymous 2010 album. Or maybe you’ve seen their commercial for Cabot cheeses (support your local food sources!). I’ll be reviewing their most recent release sometime in the near future.

Neko Case – Set Out Running      If I made a mix for you in the year 2000, then this song was on it. You may also know Neko Case from her excellent work with Canadian band The New Pornographers. She owns a lovely farmhouse, as well.

And, to round it all off, let’s add this winter classic, all about taking a trip to the Pine Tree Inn (if you’ve never seen the movie White Christmas, you can probably guess in which state much of the action takes place): Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Allen – Snow

To any Vermonters who may happen across this post, we look forward to making the acquaintance of you and your beautiful state. We’ll arrive in time for The Giant Pumpkin Regatta & Festival in October, so we hope to see you there.

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