I was at the Smoky Hill River Festival today in Salina, Kansas. While quickly browsing the art and craft tents, I heard an incredibly good violin being played on a nearby stage. I wasn't intending to stop and listen to music at the moment, but what I heard was powerful. I didn't want to miss out on some good music, so I found a seat (there weren't many left in the shade).
Black Violin mixes classical violin music with hip-hop and rap. They were playing to a fairly typical crowd for Salina, KS and getting a nice response. Apparently, they've toured with several famous groups, won some awards, and they're getting some good exposure.
I'm not a fan of rap or hip-hop music. "Not a fan" means I have bought perhaps a half-dozen rap or hip-hop songs in the past three years. Most rap and hip-hop music annoys me, honestly, so I don't go out of my way to listen to new stuff. I think the reason I am enjoying this music so much is that the hip-hop and rap elements are kept to a relative minimum.
I'm not a good critic of music, but I thought I'd share this with anyone who might be interested. Yes, I bought one of their albums and I've already listened to the whole thing.
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I've heard a couple songs from NBS, including their single from a few years ago, "Thunder," and they sound like more impressive musicians on their instruments alone, but overall the feel of both duos is fairly the same.
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