Trail Mix: Fiddle Tune X

first_imgA couple years back, while looking at a slate of bands that might be booked for a festival, a good friend accused me of being fixated on acoustic guitar duos. Two guys. Two guitars. That’s it. I was told that was all I liked.While his proclamation was a bit tongue in cheek, and wasn’t entirely true, I must admit to a certain fondness for a stripped down acoustic duo. There is something about the intimacy that two musicians can create with their music that I find alluring.The songs don’t get lost within the dynamic of a larger band and the listener is free to hone his focus on what is happening between just two people. There is some validity to the statement that, sometimes, less is truly more, and the simplicity of what is taking place between the two musicians can be fascinating.I do believe it takes a certain caliber of musician to make a good duo work. First, both musicians have to have chops. A good chemistry between the partners also helps. Good songs are a must, too. There are certain duos out there that share this mojo; Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, Russ Barenberg and Bryan Sutton, and, when both were still alive, the partnerships between Jerry Garcia and Dave Grisman and John Cephas and Phil Wiggins were beyond extraordinary. When listening to these duos, I never lament the fact that there are just two musicians on stage. The music they make is perfect as is and wants for nothing.I am ready to add another duo to this list. Billy Strings and Don Julin, who have just released their latest record, Fiddle Tune X, are a study in contrasts, a cross-generational coupling, with some thirty years separating the close-cropped Strings with the longer haired Julin. The distance between their birthdays is aptly bridged, however, by the affinity they share for the music of the Appalachian coal country.Both Strings, on guitar, and Julin, on mandolin, are impressive pickers. Strings pulls from his Martin tonal sounds reminiscent of the great Tony Rice, and Julin calls to mind mandolin pickers like the aforementioned Tim O’Brien. As evidenced on Fiddle Tune , they also share great chemistry.Fiddle Tune X, recorded around a single microphone in a variety of live settings – you can hear audience chatter and even traffic sounds in the recording’s background – is a collection of old standards and original tunes. The record brilliantly captures the magic Strings and Julin create when they play together. Take a listen to “Walk On Boy,” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, which highlights Strings’ bluesy tenor and tasty guitar licks, or the tender tones of Julin’s mandolin on the duo’s rendition of Bill Monroe’s “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz.” Strings and Julin also rip through old standards like “Shady Grove,” “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” “Little Maggie,” and “Sharecropper’s Son” on the record. I have heard each of these songs many, many times by many other bluegrass bands, but Strings and Julin add a new spice to each, mainly because the instrumentation – just guitar and mandolin – is so varied from the banjo driven traditional bluegrass line up.When Billy Strings and Don Julin flank their condenser microphone, they command my rapt attention. It takes a special musical pairing to captivate me that way. After each listen, I am not left wanting more musicians, just more songs.last_img read more

Syracuse centers struggle in 18-point loss to No. 14 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman On the heels of a loss to Notre Dame in which Syracuse never led, head coach Quentin Hillsman squatted and averted his sightline away from the scoreboard as he watched his team struggle to make its first basket of the game.Briana Day tried to weave her way through two Louisville defenders with the Orange having been shutout for the opening two and a half minutes. The ball flew out of her hands as the Cardinals defense closed in.On SU’s ensuing possession she clanked a layup off the back of the rim, and the tumultuous start to the game for the Orange’s junior center was punctuated by two missed free throws.“It was just sloppy,” Day said. “I wasn’t playing hard, really.”“…That’s not how you want to start off the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finally scored on a Cornelia Fondren jumper after nearly four minutes of being shut out, and Briana Day was lifted for her sister Bria two minutes later. Briana Day high-fived her teammates with her head down, and waved off the team manager offering her a water bottle as she tried to piece together another lackluster start for SU.The Orange (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) faltered early again, falling behind by as many as 29 in the first half, and lost 71-53 to the No. 14 Cardinals (15-5, 7-0) just four days after being blown out by 28 points against the Fighting Irish. Syracuse was stung by poor play from its centers, who totaled only two defensive rebounds and struggled to box out a bulky Louisville team under the basket.Briana Day, SU’s leading rebounder, has secured only 12 rebounds in the Orange’s last three games after corralling 10 boards against Pittsburgh on Jan. 14.“I don’t know what it is,” Day said, “I’m not rebounding.”“…I don’t understand what’s going on.”Hillsman leaned on a rotation of both Day sisters and Julia Chandler at center to solve his team’s scoring and defensive woes. Upon entering the game with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter, Chandler was promptly rung up for a three-second violation as she dished the ball outside the arc to an open Brittney Sykes.The Orange’s centers were a revolving door of missteps early on, and Cardinals guard Myisha Hines-Allen — who led the game with 27 points — consistently made it tough down low for SU’s bigs.Hines-Allen bodied her way past Chandler under the basket for a layup on the first possession of the second quarter, continuing to balloon Louisville’s eventual 34 total points scored in the paint.“I think our transition defense really broke us down,” Fondren said. “…We should’ve just kept on competing.”SU countered with only 18 points in the paint, and was consistently met with pressure down low from the Cardinals center-less starting lineup.Briana Day corralled a pair of offensive rebounds in a stretch of seconds midway through the second quarter, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity as she heaved a layup over the basket entirely and into the hands of the Cardinals’ defense.Syracuse eventually evened out on the offensive end and clawed back to an 11-point deficit, but was met with familiar problems in the paramount minutes of the fourth quarter.On one of the Orange’s final fast break attempts with the game within reach, Sykes looked down the court to a streaking Bria Day. She lobbed a long pass forward that just deflected off Bria Day’s outstretched hand, dinging the Orange for another one of its 19 turnovers.The play provided a sense of finality to the game, one that was always out of reach.Said Hillsman: “I don’t think we were ready to play. We came out flat.” Commentslast_img read more

B&H Handball Players to play against Belarus

first_imgBiH national handball team will play their qualifying match against the selection of Belarus, on June 10th at the Arena in Zenica, as the result of an agreement of representatives of the Handball Association of B&H with Fedja Jovanović, the director of the Arena.“We have offered our conditions and considering that we have a long-term cooperation with the Handball Federation of B&H, we agreed quickly to the mutual satisfaction. National team will have entire capacity of the Arena available for the unrestricted use, because our goal is to qualify for the European Championship. Also, all handball fans are welcomed, and we know that this will be a great match for sure, since we already have interest from some fan groups”, said Jovanović for Fena.The city of Zenica will host handball match just two days before the football match between B&H and Israel.(Source: photo rsg)last_img read more

Canada vs. USA: 2020 prospect Alexis Lafreniere dazzles as Canada defeats rival at 2020 World Juniors

first_imgThere is nothing like starting the 2020 IIHF World Juniors off with a bang.As is tradition, the tournament began on Boxing Day and Day 1 saw two of the top contenders, Canada and the United States, go toe-to-toe in the “Battle of North America.” It was, as expected, a no-holds-barred, back-and-forth affair with national pride and bragging rights on the line that the Canadians eventually won 6-4. The Americans came out like a heavyweight, taking a 2-0 lead off power-play goals by Shane Pinto (Ottawa Senators) and Arthur Kaliyev (Los Angles Kings). But, as they say, a 2-0 lead is the worst lead in hockey — and Canada was not throwing in the towel in this one. In the middle stanza, Canada netted three goals by Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals), Barrett Hayton (Arizona Coyotes) and Nolan Foote (Tampa Bay Lightning). Hayton’s game-tying goal on the power play in the second — he added a second goal in the third — came off a feed from expected 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick, Alexis Lafreniere. The 18-year-old dazzled in this contest as he scored the knockout blow in the third period just seven seconds after Pinto completed the United States’ own two-goal comeback to tie the game at 4-all. Lafreniere added an empty-net assist on Dallas Stars Ty Dellandrea’s  goal for his third assist to cap off a four-point night.While everyone expects these teams to go the distance, whether they’ll make it is not set in stone. They are in what’s being dubbed “The Group of Death” as Group B also includes Russia, potential Cinderella team Germany, and the host Czech Republic. In the first game of the day, the Czechs upset Russia 4-3.Canada has Friday off and will next face Russia on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. ET. The United States hops right back on the ice on Friday for a meeting with upstart Germany at 1 p.m. ET.Sporting News had the blow-by-blow for you as the two teams sparred in Game 1 of the tournament.(All times Eastern.)Canada vs. USA scores, highlights from 2020 World JuniorsFinal score: Canada 6, USA 43:34 p.m. — Shane Pinto was named the American player of the game. Alexis Lafreniere was named the Canadian player of the game.End of third period: Canada 6, USA 43:29 p.m. — GOAL. Ty Dellandrea nets the empty netter to ice this one. Canada leads 6-4.Ty Dellandrea scores late after a great play by Alexis Lafreniere – his fourth point of the night. Empty-netter. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20193:28 p.m. — USA pulls the netminder with two minutes left.3:23 p.m. — GOAL. Wow. USA wins the faceoff but under pressure from Nolan Foote, K’Andre Miller plays the puck to the middle and right to Alexis Lafreniere who scores. Canada leads 5-4.Alexis Lafreniere gets the puck off the faceoff and scores a beautiful goal to make it 5-4. 3:10 left to play. #WJC2020 #NHLDraft— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20193:22 p.m. — PP GOAL. Shane Pinto does it again as he plants himself on the far side of the crease and buries the cross-ice pass for his second goal of the game. Game tied 4-4.Shane Pinto has his second goal of the game after Nick Robertson sets him up on the PP. 4-4. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20193:21 p.m. — Ty Dellandrea takes an interference call. USA back on the power play and it needs a goal here to tie this one up.3:19 p.m. — Back to even strength.3:15 p.m. — Canada takes a penalty. USA will look to tie this one up.3:13 p.m. — GOAL. USA makes it a one-goal game with 7:14 left on the clock as Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson pulls in the puck and fires the wrister. Canada leads 4-3.Nick Robertson brings the Americans within one again. 4-3 with this snipe. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20193:10 p.m. — PP GOAL. It’s all about the special teams in this one. Alexis Lafreniere dazzles as he cuts to the middle and feeds Barrett Hayton for the easy goal. Canada leads 4-2.Barrett Hayton scores his second of the game after a great move by Alexis Lafreniere took the D out of position. 4-2 Canada. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20193:07 p.m. —  Spencer Stastney takes a penalty. Canada heads to the power play.3:00 p.m. — USA with a quality chance as Oliver Wahlstrom gets the rebound but it’s Nico Daws who comes up big with the leg save. Quick reminder, Daws is eligible for the 2020 draft.Nico Daws made a huge pad stop on Oliver Wahlstrom. That’s a big confidence booster. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20192:55 p.m. — Back to even strength2:55 p.m. — Bobby Brink with a good move around the net and pass in front but can’t connect.2:53 p.m. — Third period starts. USA on the power play and trail by one.2:41 p.m. — For your viewing pleasure during intermission:Nils Höglander might have just scored the nicest goal in World Junior Championship history 😳😳😳😳 #WorldJuniors 🇸🇪— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 2019End of second period: Canada 3, USA 22:35 p.m. — Yep. The goal is being reviewed . . . and its waved off as the puck went in after the buzzer sounded. USA still trails 3-2 but will start the third on the power play.2:34 p.m. — PP GOAL. At the buzzer, the United States ties it up! Puck squirts out in front and Shane Pinto buries it as the Canadians lose track of him and the puck. USA celebrates but definitely looks like the period had ended.Shane Pinto scores at the buzzer… but will it count? #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20192:33 p.m. — With 16 seconds left in the period, Canada’s Kevin Bahl takes a penalty. USA, who needs a goal to tie, is 2-for-2 on the power play.2:31 p.m. — Off a save, the puck hits a Canadian defender in front and Nico Daws has to make a quick pad save.Nico Daws with a good stop here. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20192:25 p.m. — Canada back to the power play for the third time in the game. Not a good play as two of Canada’s three goals have come on the power play.2:20 p.m. — PP GOAL. The tide has turned in the second period. Canada takes a 3-2 lead as Nolan Foote’s shot beats Spencer Knight top shelf. Canada leads 3-2.Nolan Foote ( @Kelowna_Rockets ) on the PP, 3-2. He’s been one of Canada’s best players since camp. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20192:19 p.m. — Puck deflects out into the slot and Spencer Knight makes the shoulder stop.2:16 p.m. — Canadians back on the power play. They’re 1-for-2 thus far.2:09 p.m. — PP GOAL. The Canadian captain Barrett Hayton with an absolute rifle from the right circle ties the game. Game tied 2-2.Canada, PP goal. 2-2. Barrett Hayton makes no mistake on the one-timer. Alexis Lafreniere with the feed. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20192:07 p.m. — Canada heads back to the power play as Shane Pinto gets sent to the sin bin. The Canadians will look to tie this one up and are 0-for-1 with the man advantage in the game.2:02 p.m. — GOAL. Great play by the Canadians as they push out of their own. In the US end, Akil Thomas off the chip feeds Connor McMichael who buries it. USA leads 2-1.Connor McMichael makes it 2-1 for Canada. Both team’s fourth lines having a busy game. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20191:59 p.m. — Joe Veleno gets a Grade A chance but Spencer Knight makes the stop.1:56 p.m. — Second period underway.End of first period: USA 2, Canada 01:40 p.m. — After 1, it’s USA 2, Canada 0. Canada has to stay out of the box in this one as the Americans netted two power-play goals on two opportunities.1:37 p.m. — PP GOAL.  Trevor Zegras controls the puck in the circle and feeds Kings prospect Arthur Kaliyev for the one-timer into the open net as Nico Daws can’t get across. USA leads 2-0.Arthur Kaliyev makes it 2-0 on the PP. Trevor Zegras and Alex Turcotte with some nice passes. #WJC2020— Steven Ellis (@StevenEllisTHN) December 26, 20191:35 p.m. — Jared McIsaac called for hooking; not a smart play by the world juniors veteran. USA heads back to the power play and is already 1-for-1 on the night.1:32 p.m. — Canada now leads 7-6 in shots, but USA has blocked a ton of shots too. Corsi For tilting Canada’s way at this point in the contest.1:23 p.m. — Canada starting to throw the body around. Alexis Lafreniere crushes Mattias Samuelsson hard into the glass. 1:19 p.m. — Canada gets its first shot on net, six minutes and 10 seconds into the game.1:19 p.m. — Alexis Lafreniere showing off the skills that should make him the No. 1 pick in June.FILTHY move by Alexis Lafrenière 👀— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 20191:18 p.m. — USA’s Jordan Harris called for high-sticking. Canada heads to the power play.1:18 p.m. — More than five minutes into the game and Canada still doesn’t have a shot on net.1:13 p.m. — PP GOAL. Shane Pinto sitting in the high slot with the big deflection off the Zac Jones shot from the point. USA leads 1-0.That deflection 🙌 #USAWJC | #WorldJuniors— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 26, 20191:12 p.m. — Canada’s Barrett Hayton called for tripping. USA heads to the power play.1:09 p.m. — Game on! Spencer Knight (Panthers) vs. Nico Daws in between the pipes.Pregame12:37 p.m. — Canada hitting the ice for warmups in the red threads.Team Canada takes the ice 👀🇨🇦 who’s ready for puck drop?— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 26, 201912:21 p.m. — USA wearing the white threads the 1960 Olympic team wore when they captured the United States’ first-ever gold medal.Threads 🇺🇸 #USAWJC | #WorldJuniors— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 26, 201912:20 p.m. — Canada’s lineup.Almost there … only 4⃣5⃣ minutes until the puck drops on 🇨🇦🆚🇺🇸.Take a 👀 at how the Canadians will take to the ice in Ostrava… #WorldJuniors— #WorldJuniors (@HC_WJC) December 26, 201912:00 p.m. — USA announces its lineup. Only one hour until puck drop! #WorldJuniorsHere’s how #TeamUSA will line up for game one ⬇️Notes and broadcast information →— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 26, 2019Relevant linksTournamentA team-by-team guide to the 2020 under-20 championshipBreakdown of every NHL teams’ prospectsTop 5 storylines to watch20 draft prospects to keep an eye onCanadaCanada’s complete game schedule, resultsDylan Cozens: first player from Yukon  Alexis Lafreniere putting up impressive numbers in draft yearBarrett Hayton named captainUSATeam USA’s complete game schedule, resultsUSA’ Dustin Wolf making a name for himselflast_img read more