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03-30-2012 04:43 AM #16
Can't attest to who (or whom?) is in this video. Definitely Bill Monroe. Pretty anyways.
03-30-2012 04:46 AM #17
Left-handed banjo player. Don't know if it's a "left-handed banjo"... or if such a thing even exists. Just the first southpaw picker I ever seen.
03-30-2012 04:49 AM #18
03-31-2012 02:36 PM #19
Check out this video of Clark Kessinger, one of the best long-bow fiddler's ever. He was 71 when this was filmed at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. He died in 1975 at the age of 78.
I had never heard of Clark Kessinger until 1992. I was writing an article for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine about his great-nephew, and National Flatpicking Champion, Robin Kessinger. After learning about his great-uncle from Robin, I decided to write a piece about Clark Kessinger, too. I had known of Robin for a few years. He owned a music store in St. Albans, WV and was one of my retail clients when I worked for Guild Guitars. I had also seen him perform at Galax Fiddler's Convention a number of times. I submitted both articles to Bluegrass Unlimited editor/publisher, Peter Kuykendall, and he decided to publish both as featured articles in the August, 1992 issue.
03-31-2012 03:02 PM #20
Thanks. That song put me in a completely different (and really good) mood. And the story is pretty cool too.
Bluegrass Unlimited (August 1992) California, Bela Fleck & Pat Flory
Cover: California (John Hickman, John Moore, Steve Spurgin, Byron Berline, Dan Crary)
Features: The Rebirth Of A Bluegrass Band...California / Bela Fleck And Pat Flory: A Lot of Water Under The Bridge / West Virginia's Clark Kessinger: The Father Of Texas Swing / Robin Kessinger: Keeping The Tradition / Kentucky Rose: Bluegrass With That Blessed Vocal Edge / + more!
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03-31-2012 03:41 PM #21
Scott, check out Yonder Mountain String Band.
04-01-2012 12:11 AM #22
04-04-2012 01:03 AM #23
Well this an interesting scene. Fun music but my one reluctance with bluegrass is the not so diverse scene. This video epitomizes that.