Thursday, August 6, 2015

Battle of the Bands Results: Taj Mahal wins

On my last battle of the bands contest I wanted to pay tribute to Jerry Garcia since it was his birthday. It kind of went on it's own long, strange trip. Certainly I could have picked a Grateful Dead classic or a cover the Grateful Dead or the Jerry Garcia Band performed. I picked out of the box! I knew Jerry Garcia enjoyed bluegrass and I knew I would find something worthwhile on "Shady Grove" like the title track.


Doc Watson made since in my mind. Well known in bluegrass circles and a traditional take on the song. I wanted contrast. So, I went with a blues musician called Taj Mahal who has a love for world music.

The voting was down for this contest. Perhaps bluegrass scared some off. I thought for sure this was going to be a tie. I was thinking I might have to break the tie. Luckily for me Guilie Castillo voted on the last day casting her vote for Taj Mahal and deciding the winner.

Your vote counts on the Battle of the Bands and you can vote anytime until the closing date.  I wasn't expecting Taj to win this one. It was a longer version of the song and vocals didn't even play apart of the tune until about 2:30 minutes. However, his version was different and apparently that difference was enough.

Here is the winner with "Fishing Blues"...


Here he is on banjo with a tune called "Slow Drag"...


Thanks for voting! A new Battle of the Bands is brewing for August 15 so stay tuned!

6 comments:

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Mike! Thanks for reporting in. I'm delighted to know it was a close contest for you and happy that I was on the winning team with Taj Mahal. I enjoyed hearing these bonus selections. Have a nice weekend, good buddy!

Guilie Castillo said...

Cool! I think this is the first battle where I'm in the winning team, haha.

Debbie D. said...

That's a nice, tight battle! I chose the other version. Oh well. Keeps life interesting. See you next time.

farawayeyes said...

Close BATTLES are the best, IMO. Can't imagine the great Taj NOT winning.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I think one of the cool features of battle of the bands is the prospect of listening to some music you normally wouldn't listen to. It's sad if a different music genre is what scared away a few people from voting.

mike spain said...

I agree and I think I would get bored if I stayed in the same genre, style, arists, era when there is so much music out there.