Kentucky has a rich musical heritage, and last January 9 I paid tribute to it, by posting a video of some good ol’ boys playing Bluegrass music, while riding a houseboat on the Kentucky River. Sometimes I post an unusual music video, too, like “Ooedo No Hikeshi” (the Japanese version of “Smoke On the Water”), or “Stairway to Heaven” sung as a Gregorian Chant. Now I’m going to combine those ideas. I thought Bluegrass was strictly for the banjo (my pastor in Florida taught himself the banjo for that reason), but here a Chinese group called Red Chamber succeeds in playing “Katy Hill” with traditional Chinese string instruments, like the pipa and sanxian. The names of each instrument will appear as the video progresses, so kick your heels and enjoy this rendition!
Now what does “Yee-ha” mean in Chinese?