Saturday, July 2, 2011
What Is Steampunk? (12) (... John Hartford?!)
I've connected Bluegrass and Steampunk before as metaphors for each other. Now let me tie them together with another connection, in the person of songwriter, fiddler, steamboat enthusiast and banjo stylist extraordinaire John Hartford.
This is one of my favorite tracks from his seminal album Aereo-Plain (he has many other great albums; my other favorite is Morning Bugle, but check out the auteur greatness of Mark Twang, too). It's about a "genuine, authentic, old-fashioned, steam-powered aereo-plane".