Béla Fleck "Big Country" | Reverb Song Stories

Dipublikasikan tanggal 7 Jul 2016
The incredible Béla Fleck dropped by the Reverb studio for our most recent installment in the Song Stories series to drop some wisdom regarding his creative process, talk the appraisal of his 1939 banjo, and perform "Big Country."
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  • It's "the Banks of Loch Lomond" sort of Traditiona in the sense that it's old, l, but someone wrote this, & poem maybe dates to 17th C , music followed, and how! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bonnie_Banks_o%27_Loch_Lomond

  • I was on vacation in St. Thomas in the early 1990's with a few friends, and we went to this touristy type restaurant in the main Port area. A band started playing and was blowing my mind. I'm a guitarist and love progressive rock, especially outstanding guitarists. The band was Bella Fleck and the Flecktones, I became a fan instantly. Such cool happenstance to be there and bump into their show.

  • 4:48 skip to "Big Country" performance.

  • Bela's technical skill is absolutely awesome.

  • It's interesting that it hadn't occurred to him at first to play this on the banjo, because though I love country/bluegrass music I wasn't real fond of the banjo's sound when I was younger. Then I heard this song for the first time and my heart just swelled (as it does every time I hear it, without fail). It completely changed they way I feel about the banjo. I fell in love and never looked back.

  • Genus, pure musical Genus!

  • I've often wondered if the idea for this song -- as Bela refers to movies and such -- comes from Local Hero and Mark Knopfler's soundtrack.

  • What an amazing person

  • I love when people comments are a quote from the video we all just watched! 🤔

  • Bela, the song you were thinking of was Loch Lomond

    • That's the first thing I thought when I heard this piece. I think it's just Celtic/ Scottish in general- the middle part reminds me of Danny Boy and Shenandoah as well

  • I can’t believe I got to meet this guy! I saw him and the Flecktones last November and all four members came out after the show, sat on the edge of the stage and signed autographs and took pictures! I couldn’t believe that I was getting to meet some of my musical heroes. I started with Futureman and worked my way left to Bela, Victor Wooten, and Howard Levy. I was a little tongue tied around Bela but I told him that I had been a fan since the first album and he thanked me for that. I said, “Man, nobody does what you guys do.” And he modestly replied, “Well, there’s certainly no one trying to take our spot.” I remember thinking, “That’s because no one ever could.”

  • We are all so damn lucky to be alive at the same time as this exceptional human being!!!

  • His comments about creating a bunch of stuff without thinking too much about it critically then turning around and trying to find some overarching sense to it is one great system of creativity. When they actually let me write programs, my thinking cycled similarly.

  • On songs it seems like the way I watch my flower grow . If you don’t feed and nurture the idea it won’t grow perhaps.! Love people who create and make things. I watched all of this master player 👍🇦🇺

  • Bela is the man.

  • Wow.

  • Prewar banjo hype is more BS than Santa. I have had a couple prewar Gibsons one sounded just fine the other was poor at best. I have numerous banjos: OME, ODE, Imperials, Stelling, Tennessee banjo(‘76), Bishline, etc etc. Just pick one you’re happy with.

  • 👍

  • The version of this on The Transatlantic Sessions is simply amazing. It literally makes my soul smile

  • Baroque-grass!

  • I'm not that into banjo music, but that was masterful. Thanks!

  • He has that banjo set up perfect. It's got that modern tone that many players are now seeking. The "pre-war" in your face, loud popping tone" has always been the Holy Grail of the Bluegrass World. But that is changing now.

  • this is candidate for the ultimte beautiful song. there is no way a music can be more happy and beautiful at the same time. its the limmit acchieved.

  • Sounds like he is tuned down to open E.

  • Holy shit I love this.

  • Amazing player and what strikes me too is the Mastertone when he moves up toward the hoop and picks the sound dynamics and range of sound is pretty amazing for a banjo that is in bluegrass played closer to the bridge and way more bright and loud. He gets a real good harp like sound up in there. Beautiful piece.

  • I realize that his technique and skill is impeccable, but that banjo is a work of art in itself. Excellent all around.

  • Iconic American musician. Love his work.

  • this stuff just makes me smile and want to skip ...

  • "composing is like slow motion improvising, improvising is like fast motion composing" made me cry

  • I have to do the same thing in composition! If I fail to record it right away, it’s gone!

  • truly blessed 2 b alive to hear someone so talented. love 2 meet him.

  • Write drunk, edit sober..

  • Fantastic advice for creators of all kinds.

  • I play that Tune Big Country in my 2 finger style and its reminds me of an Old Scottish Tune called called Loch Lomond but I prefer Big Country, it also make a good two finger tune. I play Old Time Banjo 2 finger Thumb Lead Style.

    • Saw another interview where he mentioned it's inspired by that piece.

  • that song sounds an awful lot like loch lomond

  • 4:47

  • Beautiful

  • His picking hand looks so effortless and delicate while he's playing but it makes such a huge sound. Wow.

    • Believe me, his banjo really helps a lot! You'll never get a nice sound out of a 100 dollar harley benton banjo!

  • "I got this banjo for $75. Now you'd be lucky to get one for $75,000." My soul.

    • Alexander Bland . He didn’t get it for $75. It cost $75 new in 1937-40. Hence it’s a model 75

  • 4:47

  • Thank you for this!! Love to hear insights into one of my favourite songs :o)

  • Ok, so who gave this a thumbs down? WTF?

  • Thank you for producing this, Reverb! It's so meaningful and insightful to hear Béla express his thoughts about composing, improvising, and being creative; incredibly soothing and easy to watch video.

  • It's been one of my favs since I heard it on the Flecktones left of cool record in 98

  • I love this song!

  • Bela is amazing, life changing influence.

  • This song is so strong to me, it gives me goosebumps. I just sit and listen. Mr Fleck is amazing!

  • I have always wanted to know why it was called big country.

    • I always imagined it was because it just sounds like walking or driving through a big open landscape, taking it all in. The fact he wrote this is in his head while driving makes me think I was right!

  • Is this not the coolest person ever?! Quirky friend thankfully turned me on to Bela and the Flecktones, and I often cry, and as a life-long musician, listening to them. Just perfect, in this old man's heart.

  • The master fails more than the student tries.

  • One of my favorite songs....but does anyone else hear " you take the high road and I'll take the Lowe....?

  • I LOVE that song. The version of it on Uncommon Ritual, with Edgar Meyer on bass and Mike Marshall on guitar, is absolutely beautiful.

  • Eek! The phone machine story is one of my all time faves! 🎶🎵🎶🌙🔥

  • Bela is one of my three favorite banjo players, the other two being Ron Block and Gerry O'Connor. Gerry is Irish and plays in the flat picking four string Irish style. Bela and Gerry played together on a youtube. Here is an example of Gerry , id-tv.org/tv/video-jU4vSuCenL0.html

  • note ever idea . bela is the man

  • Sure do wish there was a LOVE button lol

  • This piece of music (in all its recorded versions!) makes me want to scream out with joy and burst into tears at the same time. Truly outstanding.

    • >Puts in ear plugs and hands eltedioso a box of tissue.

  • Big Country is basically the old Scottish tune the Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond. Sure Bela knows that.

    • Not even close BC is legit

    • hmm i disagree i love Bonnie banks but to me they aren't the same song. and the guy saying its dylan and cash, no way man! it's no where close to being that song.

    • The reason it was in his head is because the melody is "Girl From the North Country" by Dylan & Cash. The first time I heard it was at a live concert. I sang the first two verses and said to my friend, "Listen, he's doing Girl from the North Country". I'm sure he isn't even aware of it but just look at the name of the song. I figured it was his interpretation, similar to the way he covered Beatle songs. try it... If you're travelin' in the north country fair Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline Remember me to one who lives there She once was a true love of mine

    • Wow. 100%. My favorite version is the one Bela did with Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall on Uncommon Ritual.

    • Just saw Bela play this tonight; reminded me a lot of "Oh, Susanna," "Minuano" and "Last Train Home," both by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, and various Asian songs. _So_ much music uses the major pentatonic and its relative minor that "original" is a relative term.

  • The banjo has to be the most unforgiving instruments ever developed. It seems like there is no middle ground. You're either great, or you're a creation of Satan, placed on the Earth to torment the rest of mankind.

    • @Paul Lanier Ouch...that's a pretty harsh learning curve for all involved. Banjo and Bagpipes...ouch... But that's great. If he can truly master those beasts then there's a young man with some serious talent and dedication. Best of luck!

    • Now he is 21 and learning banjo.

    • @Slick Riddles my youngest began learning bagpipes at ten. At eighteen, he had competed in east coast pipe and drum in Stone Mt,. Georgia . But he played for my mom's funeral, in the end and walked into the woods at last verse. All of my mean brothers and cousins shed tears!

    • My siblings all called it “the god damn” banjo when I was learning but didn’t call it that when we played Circle Be Unbroken at my Mother’s burial.

    • I'm guessing you aren't around alot of people who play banjo.... And, fiddle is waaay more unforgiving.

  • my favorite bela fleck song!!!

  • Nice to see someone like Bela on here! Flecktones is pure musicianship for sure