Lord of the Rings bluegrass: "Ballad of Helm's Deep"

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10 Responses to “Lord of the Rings bluegrass: "Ballad of Helm's Deep"”

  1. Listener43 says:

    Bluegrass? One cannot play the bluegrass music without the five-string banjo.
     
    Furthermore, I hear no fingerpicking; it’s plectra all the way down.

  2. codesuidae says:

    Excellent. I’m more of a Battlelore (http://www.last.fm/music/Battlelore ) fan myself, but more is better!

  3. ben levitt says:

    It should be pointed out that today would have been the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe, the (as far as I know) uncontested father of Bluegrass.

  4. Nickel Creek and its respective band members have had a few Lord of the Rings bluegrass instrumentals. In the House of Tom Bombadil on their first album (no relation to the Leonard Nimoy version) and then Chris Thile had a song called Riddles in the Dark on his solo album (which was also called “Not All Who Wander Are Lost”)

  5. Ian Gilmore says:

    Acoustic does not equal bluegrass. There’s no banjo, no fiddle, no mandolin and no bass. It’s just filk.

  6. Harrison Kjos says:

    I don’t know if a banjo is a requirement but you have to do a little more than strum an acoustic to be considered bluegrass.

  7. Guest says:

    They may also want to reconsider that verse right after the first chorus. The one that suggests that the Lord of their strings is Jackson not Tolkien.

  8. Grebmar says:

    Yeah. Big meh. Sorry dudes.

  9. M Alovert says:

    Cute, but not bluegrass, and certainly not fingerpicking.

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