A tribute to the Sweet Song String Band

What follows is the history of the Sweet Song String Band as initially displayed on this website for more than 14 years.

The Band History

The Sweet Song String Band specializes in the traditional music and popular music of 19th-century America. Originally composed of two hammered dulcimers and two Appalachian or lap dulcimers, the band took its name from the combination of a Latin word, “dulci,” meaning “sweet,” and a Greek word, “Melos,” meaning “sound”, which comprise the word “dulcimer”. Although other folk instruments in various combinations now round out Sweet Song String Band’s sound, the “sweet sounds” of dulcimers are still at the heart of the band and shape its distinctive sound.

The origin

Since its birth in 1978, the Sweet Song has played at traditional celebrations such as:

  • Texas Independence Day at Washington-on-the-Brazos and Stephen F. Austin’s 200th birthday celebration at San Felipe de Austin.
  • Music and folklife festivals such as the Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville, Texas.
  • Weddings
  • Christmas parties
  • Concerts
  • Picnics

Besides Texas, the band also played in other states Port Allen, Louisiana, the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering in Binghamton, New York, the Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky and Civil War Re-enactments in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas.

In recent years, the Sweet Song String Band has become one of the preeminent dance bands in the state, providing authentic 19th-century dance music, while Dance Master Karel Wheat instructs and calls period dances.

She has conducted 19th-century balls in the following locations:

  • San Antonio at the Menger Hotel
  • Fort Worth at the White Elephant Saloon
  • Fort Worth at the Remington Hotel
  • Dallas at Samuell Farm
  • Old City Park and Arlington Hall
  • Fort Davis’ Old Fort Davis
  • Jacksboro’s Fort Richardson
  • San Angelo’s Fort Concho
  • Groesbeck’s Old Fort Parker
  • Liendo Plantation in Hempstead.

Members

Members of the band include:

  • David Lindsey plays the bouncy, rhythmic style of hammered dulcimer that keeps dancers moving and audiences tapping their feet.
  • Annette Lindsey plays piano and soloing on autoharp or lap dulcimer.
  • Karel Wheat plays bones, spoons, bodhran, and lumberjack or bass fiddle when she’s not teaching or calling dances.
  • Larry Wheat is playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in a “ragged but right” style.
  • Betty Odum is playing classic old-time clawhammer-style banjo, lap dulcimer, and whistle.

This old-time music is a reminder that there was a time when life was simple, and the music was a “homemade” thing to be played “just for the fun of it”!

Sweet Song String Band in action

Here’s a video of the band performing live at the Winter Creek Reunion festival in 2013.

Original contact information

As previously displayed on the website here is the contact info of the band should you wish to get in touch with them.

Larry Wheat David Lindsey
637 S. E. 3rd Street 654 Acorn Lane
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051-2054 Bennington, Oklahoma 74723
972-262-2550 580-847-2822

The 2017 Update

To avoid any legal dilemmas I’d like to clarify that the Sweet Song String Band website is currently not by a member of the band. My plans for the site entail more than just a display for the original group. I want to turn it into an influential music blog covering not just Texas music, but many kinds of aspects. However, as a tribute to the Sweet Song String Band, I am more than happy to leave all their original band information here for everyone to read about.

I’ve also published their original Recordings page where you can read about all the bands recorded albums down the years starting in 1981 up until 2010. If you are an original band member or have any affiliation with the group and like me to remove any information, please contact me at info@sweetsongstringband.com.

The Beatles Posters: Iconic Images Of A Time Long Ago

My dad used to love listening to The Beatles. If you don’t know who they are, you’re not doing your musical knowledge any good. You can read up about them on their official Wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles

These four band members including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison took the musical world by storm during their active years which was only between 1960-1970. Their music and influence remained very active even after they decided to call it quits. The Beatles have received numerous music awards and sold almost 800 million copies of their music in a mix between digital and CD or LP’s.

That’s a lot of albums, no wonder there are so many Beatles posters out there. These guys, even though I don’t like some of them because of their weird standpoints on life, are music icons and have probably influenced more of today modern music than anyone could ever realize. When I was a little younger, I didn’t like any of their songs, but as my taste developed and my dad put his favorite Beatles album on I started to enjoy it.

Their songs are catchy, sounds good until even today and it’s almost too hard to believe they created their albums with so few instruments. Before this turns into a history, I wanted to show you some of the cool Beatles posters I found online. I saw most of them at the trippystore.com, so I don’t hope these guys take offense when I show a few of them for you here.

Here are my two favorite ones. The first one is the iconic retro album art. I think it was one of the previous album covers. The colors are super retro. It’s called the pop art Beatles poster.

pop art beatles posters

Number two features the band in front of the American flag. Truth be told these guys were as British as you get, but they had the big United States following.

Just for fun I also added the Abbey Road Beatles poster. Any fan should and would know this image.

The World Of Music Has Evolved With These Musical Instruments

It’s easy to get used to the same instruments and never consider that there might be a better or at least different way of creating music. With the these newly created musical instruments you’ll push the boundaries of what is normal when it comes to by a musician. You should take a look at the “3 New inventions of advanced technology musical instruments” video. Normally YouTube videos aren’t that entertaining for me, but this one is very informative, and the design is excellent!

MI Guitar

The MI Guitar is a new kind of guitar that is built specifically to make learning engaging a musical device such as the guitar not only easy but very fun. According to the creators only 10% of the United States population can play a musical instrument, but with the MJ Guitar is shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to get starting. It sounds almost too hard to believe, but they’ve made it so easy that I feel inclined to agree with them.

With the MI Guitar, the guitar strings on the front board have been swapped with soft plastic buttons while keeping strings for strumming. The guitar comes with a mobile app that makes displaying chords and songs very easy. The creators want to promote music in almost any location whether on the beach, at home or around a campfire. I’ve listened and enjoyed many beach parties with friends where they play guitar, and everyone sings along. It’s an awesome feeling and moment to experience.

Besides the guitar has a built-in speaker you can also plug in your headphones and play just for yourself.

Fusion Guitar

The second invention is called the Fusion guitar and is a whole other creation on its own. The guitar is very traditional however it has a built-in docking station for an iPhone and a speaker.

Similar to the previous product they make use of smart technology like iPhone apps to teach people music and make it an affordable process. You don’t need additional accessories like an amplifier, speakers or other gear to play, just the fusion guitar.

As for the third invention, I’ll leave it in your hands. If you haven’t already go and watch that video! If you enjoy music or have ever wanted to learn how to play music you need to go and watch it. I can almost guarantee that you’ll like it.

5 Cool Music Band Shirts For Gigs & Everyday Use

If you’re in a band or aspiring to be in one, it goes without saying that you need the right gear. Besides the obvious guitar, mic, drums and whatever else instrument you play, you need at least one good music band shirt. This is nothing less than a short list of a few good shirts I found on my favorite t-shirt store Teespring.com.

The original music band t-shirt

grey music band shirt with black logo

When I got the idea of showing you this cool list of music apparel this shirt was the first one that jumped up almost everywhere. Needless to say, it’s probably the original design. It was plain and simple and written in a lookalike ACDC font to make it neat and rock-and-roll at the same time. If you’re not into short sleeves, you choose to opt for a hoodie, sweatshirt or even sleeveless. Here’s the purchase link.

Let everyone know what you’re up to

teespring apparel in black

I like the font used on the music band shirt and if you want to get noticed this is the shirt to wear. If band members would wear this shirt, I’m not so sure. It could be dressed comically, and that’s probably it’s being advertised as a “funny shirt.” Wouldn’t it be cool if all of the members of your group arrived at a gig wearing one of these hoodies or something similar? Would you wear it or does it have wannabee written all over?

Old guys still rock and can keep on rolling!

I forget to mention that my dad plays guitar for our Church band. This shirt is perfect for him. If I bought it for him, chances are he’ll never want to go to group practice without it. It’s probably not that suitable for Sunday Church, but still kind of cool. It says: “Old guys still Rock! Aged to perfection. Growing old disgracefully. Only vintage on the outside.” You got to laugh at this one. The person that came up with this slogan conducted their due diligence with their market research. I can just imagine a bunch of over 50-year-old men wearing this music band shirt. Since I like this one and think it’s not just me this time I’m going to link out to it. Spoil your dad and get him one of these.

The neutral guitar mic combo

Not every musician likes being flashy and wearing apparel that tells the whole world what they are up to. This piece of clothing is just for them. It’s just a black shirt with a picture of a guitar and mic on it. Perfect for almost any casual occasion and excellent for a laid back jam session.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of black apparel items on my little old list, but you can rest assured it’s always a fresh color to wear. I hope you enjoyed my music band shirt list and you might have noticed that the title says “5” but I only include “4”. What I’d like you to do is send in some of your favorite shirts I could grow the list to 5, 10, 15 or even bigger. Send them to gigs@sweetsongstringband.com.