TWO WEEKS UNTIL AKUS IS ON TOUR
TWO WEEKS UNTIL PICTURES
LEGENDARY ALISON RAMBLES
TWO MOTHERFUCKING WEEKS
… you know, in case you forgot or something.
I’ve been on a Raising Sand kick lately (introducing a few friends to it/Alison probably helped that) so I’ve been going back and listening to some bootlegs and stuff like this. This popped up on YouTube a couple weeks ago and I think it’s one of the clearer videos in terms of picture and audio that I’ve ever seen for this song.
Alison’s voice is out of this fucking world, as usual. It disgusts me that she can open her mouth and have it look so effortless. This isn’t my favorite version because I have more where she’s really getting into it and belting, but IF YOU WANT YOUR FACE BLOWN OFF BECAUSE OF VOCALS AND HARMONIES (and also them being adorable at the end and making faces at each other), then watch this.
Watch it anyway. I guarantee it’ll improve your morning.
Just a quick mod note - we’re sorry posts have been a little bit slower than usual lately, but life picked up for us and we get maybe one contribution from readers/followers every six months. There’s also not a lot going on right now in AKUS world, and until the tour picks up, we probably won’t have many posts. However, we’re not abandoning this blog. We fully intend to stay with it and keep it alive, but just bear with us while school/work/life takes over. We’re excited for the tour to start so we can dust off our FAKUS flag and call out journalists who don’t do their research, though!
However, something definitely notable - The Soggy Bottom Boys got together for their first official performance! And Dr. Ralph Stanley came out and did a couple songs at the end. This is a lineup I would have killed to see and I’m upset there aren’t any videos on YouTube.
There’s this article on it, which says it was basically born out of boredom, and it was a one-off thing, but future shows are not entirely out of the question. It’s mainly a scheduling manner. There are some pictures at that link, and also here and here (these have pictures of Alison, who was there supporting the boys, naturally).
As always, if you have anything you’d like to contribute, please feel free to leave it in our submit box!
Telluride is a favorite among the mods here so we kind of screamed when we saw that Alison will be joining the house band! House band includes Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and of course, Jerry Douglas. Del McCoury will also be joining in this year as well.
Like. Could this house band be any more badass?
No. No it could not. I won’t be surprised if Colorado just implodes from the sheer magic that will be on that stage.
Tickets are sold out so I hope if anyone planned on going, you’ve got yours already! Please report back and tell us everything. We live for Telluride.
If Alison opts out of the livestream again this year I stg
(The official site even updated with this news in a timely manner. Imagine that.)
decided I went through too damn much for this poster to not hang it up. wish I could have hung it a little lower, but I am content.
I hung it up (despite not being allowed to have anything on my walls oops) and this is still one of the best things I own and I just need to share this.
(Did I mention it was RAINING in San Francisco when I had to transport this?)
It’s probably going to fall in my face in the middle of the night one night and scare the living shit out of me, but I’m okay with that.
I will never be over the fact that she was 15-16 when she sang this. The maturity in her voice is well beyond her years.
Because it’s been a while since we’ve had this on FYAK and we are always here for 16-year-old Alison telling us she doesn’t drink as much as she used to because it’s not really her thing anymore.
Someone tell me to just suck it up and buy this on vinyl. I found a decent one, and it’s higher priced than I’ve paid for all but one of my records but I think I need this in my life.
My friend has only known of Alison from Raising Sand, so while I was hangin’ at her house the other day, I showed her parts of the patient safety benefit video - namely, the weirdest parts.
I’m not kidding when I tell you this was her exact face. She would watch, then turn and look at me with this face and then go back to watching. And then when the video finished she was like, “… what the fuck did I just watch.” I feel like we’re so desensitized to Alison that we don’t realize how strange she actually comes across sometimes so it was fucking hilarious watching someone else watch her for the first time.
So the point of this is (okay there’s no real point of this actually, I just wanted to tell this story and pretend there was a point to it) is that if you know a casual AKUS fan, link them to a video of Alison being her weirdo self and sit back and enjoy.
I… don’t know, anonykrauss.
(That’s our new name for anonymous people.)
Anyway, I’m sure if it was, Barry would’ve tweeted about it because… it’s Barry.
ETA by Allie: Finally watched it, and I’m 99% sure that wasn’t Barry. But good call! Does look like him.
Look at his wittle cheeks!
That mustache tho.
It’s shameless plug time on FYAK!!
Believe us when we say that you really want to hit play.
Who is this, you ask? This is Maddie Kelson, one half of the incredibly talented singer/songwriter duo, The Kelson Twins based in Chicago, Illinois. Maddie’s skills include; singing, songwriting, instrumenting, and burping on command. Alison met Maddie and her guitar-playing, harmony-singing stunt double, Juliet, at the benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago after Maddie and her sister raised $600 for the school. For two 15 year olds, that was kind of a big deal, but their ability to acquire funds isn’t the only thing that’s a big deal. The unfortunate thing about their meeting with Alison was that the girls didn’t break out in song, but after bonding on their shared experiences with the world of nontraditional schooling, Alison said that she had a feeling she’d be seeing these gals again.
These lyrics will be the best thing you’ve read all day:
Nothing But A Wasted Time: Copyright Maddie Kelson, 2013.
I always thought that I was stronger. I always thought it’d last a little longer. But I’m a fool for thinking I could go this long without a broken heart.
You’re nothing but a wasted time 4x
Don’t tell me there’s another open door, ‘cause I’m still tryin’ to close the one I found you locked behind before. I never thought it’d end this hard. I never thought you’d break my heart this bad.
Don’t say you’re gonna fix it, ‘cause it won’t lead to forgiveness. Don’t say it could be better the second time. Don’t say it’s all behind you, ‘cause your past is gonna find you. It’s only a second behind.
Young as they are, The Kelson Twins’ musical careers are just budding, but they’re quickly making a name for themselves around Chicago, playing in pubs and other small joints that they regularly wouldn’t be allowed in at 16.