Tag Archives: Folk Music

The Origins of Bluegrass Music

I think Bill Monroe might have hired Stringbean more as a comedian to break the ice than for his banjo picking. Either that or because he was a good shortstop! Many early bluegrass bands had at least one member who did the rube comic act . . . a relic from minstrel and medicine show times. Continue reading

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The Fiddling Seventies – Southern California

There was not as much concern about drawing a tine between bluegrass and country and old timey fiddling. In addition to traditional tunes Bobby Fenton would play Bob Wills and country songs. Speedy Smith and Harold Hensley would play really fast bluegrass barnburner style. Bob Rogers would play Kenny Baker tunes. Roscoe White would play everything from swing to Howdy Forrester tunes. IT FELT LIKE FREEDOM. IT WAS NEVER BORING. There were soooo many good fiddlers in one place and at that time I thought that was normal, but now I know it was very rare. Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 10. Kajsa Ohman

Giving up music for life is something I do periodically. Whether this is due to some innate fear of failure or another fear—that music is so wonderful and powerful it might take over my life—I don’t know. I do … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 8. Ernie Brooks

Ernie Brooks
My Brush with a Career in Music
A slight but minor one to be sure, but I’ve enjoyed every moment (almost). Like most, my mother played the main role, because in the days just before, during, and after WWII, you … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 6. John Thomas

John Thomas
Music—A Lifelong Love Affair
The first sounds I can remember hearing were music. My dad had been lighting director and stage technician for the Brooklyn Opera Company, and his Victrola never stopped playing classical music and operas on those big … Continue reading

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