Five years ago, the band Sad Daddy, comprised of Melissa Carper on standup bass, Joe Sundell on Banjo and Brian Martin on guitar, came together as a group, and released an album. A few years later, the band cooled off when Carper and Sundell moved to Austin, Texas. But earlier this year, the group was again together in the Ozarks, and they added a fourth member, Rebecca Patek on fiddle. Oh a hot Sunday in August, the three original members of Sad Daddy came to the Firmin-Garner Performance studio to talk about music and to play a few songs.
Unless you regularly attend square dances or mountain-style jam sessions, you probably don't regularly hear much old-time folk music. While much music was recorded in the early 20th Century by archivists such as Alan Lomax, old-time folk music might be difficult to find at most record stores. But that doesn't mean the music hasn't survived through the oral tradition. Allison Williams and Will Goehring make up the local duo Old Ties, and in their live sets, they perform old-time music almost exclusively.