The Manifesto

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The way I see it, hip-hop IS folk music. Using two turntables and some old records to create a new form of music is, to me, about as hand-made and folky as it gets. So, when I found this recording of Utah Phillips talking about the egalitarian ownership of folk music, I thought it would be funny to pair it with the world’s most sampled drumbeat; James Brown’s "The Funky Drummer." Then I thought it would be funny to sample a dulcimer club (‘cuz dulcimer club records rarely show up in DJ sets!). The end result however, came out more profound than I had envisioned.


from Found Objects, released May 13, 2017
Written by Butch Ross and Utah Phillips

Bass, upright bass, dulcimer, samples, programing: BR
Spoken word: Utah Phillips
Middle-eight drums: Josh Green

Contains elements Utah Phillips introducing The Wabash Cannonball at the Asheville Junction sometime in the 70’s and retrieved from The Digital Library of Appalachia
Contains a sample of "The Funky Drummer" by James Brown, played by Clyde Stubblefield
Contains a sample of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" by the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society
Contains a sample of "Crawdad Song" by Thursday Night Thunder
Contains a sample of "We’ll See" by Ryan Oyer



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Butch Ross Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga multi-instrumentalist and mountain dulcimer maestro Butch Ross has tackled everything from Radiohead to Bach and come away with a renewed appreciation for what the humble dulcimer is capable of. His music is born from his respect for its abilities, a respect born from the years he's spent prying apart its pieces and discovering new sounds where none existed before. ... more

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