Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilitor..

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Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilitor..

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun May 22, 2011 8:38 pm

Another tractor blues, folks!!
I just HAD to play along with this one!! :mrgreen:



This is a rather unusual little tractor, rare in Sweden and elsewhere, built in the late 1910's and early 20's by the Midwest Engine Company of Indianapolis, USA.
It plows, harrows, cultivates, hauls a cart and is a 4-horsepower portable engine which can be used for various kinds of beltwork. AND it provides cool rhythm for ol'timey blues music, haha!! Awesome!

After seeing this in a Swedish tractor magazine and realizing it actually was to be found in my own hometown of all places, I felt I had to try to do a video clip. Contacted the owner Olle Arvidsson and we decided to make the film. Good friend Oskar Arhusiander does the driving here.
Featuring my RESOLIAN from Republic Guitars, Texas. Barks loud with a sweet tone, lol.. :D
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Re: Old school rhythm blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilito

Postby kiwiblues » Sun May 22, 2011 9:45 pm

Another great clip John. Enjoyed it a lot. :D
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Re: Old school rhythm blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilito

Postby gaucho » Sun May 22, 2011 11:52 pm

Nice stuff as always John! Couple of questions... What's your tuning and what strings are you using (Brand, PB or Nickel, gauge)? Thanks! I love my Resolian and hope that someday I can coax as sweet a tone out of mine as you get. I know the guitar and strings really have very little to do with it though!
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon May 23, 2011 4:12 pm

Thanks guys!!!
It's a blast playin' along with these old machines, hahaha!! :mrgreen:

Gaucho, I have 0.15 - 0.62(!) on this one, tuned to open C here.. Nickel strings.
String brand I don't know, I use the cheapest I can find, always.. :blink:
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby s1120 » Mon May 23, 2011 5:14 pm

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Im going to post a youtube link to that over at a tractor forum that I help run if you dont mind.


I got a nice old Gravely and a 60's era Case loader with a diesel that sound kinda cool if you ever get to the northeast of the US and need some bandmates. :D
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon May 23, 2011 5:18 pm

s1120 wrote:AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
Im going to post a youtube link to that over at a tractor forum that I help run if you dont mind.
I got a nice old Gravely and a 60's era Case loader with a diesel that sound kinda cool if you ever get to the northeast of the US and need some bandmates. :D


THANKS!! Please do spread the clip to vintage tractor folks!
I'd do that myself but I'm not member of any such forums..

Gravely & Case would be great for jamming, hehe!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby kiwiblues » Mon May 23, 2011 9:23 pm

We're getting so many earthquake aftershocks here I could slide along with the rattles.
Only problem is, I never know when one is going to start.
By the time I've picked myself up, then the guitar, the rhythm section has stopped!! :roll: :evil: :lol:
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby texas blues » Tue May 24, 2011 2:44 am

That is just damn cool! Been on a tractor or two mysef' but nuthin' like that. That's a great vid and tractor jam!
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Re: Old school tractor blues! Meet the 1920's MidWest Utilit

Postby bottleneckjohn » Wed May 25, 2011 8:31 pm

Thanks for your comments guys! :D
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