Category Archives: Ramblings

The Ash Grove: Old Time Hits the Big Time in Hollywood USA

Born in the midst of the unreality and meaninglessness of the commercial pop world, the Ash Grove soon became the refuge and breeding ground for people’s music. Continue reading

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A glimpse of the past . . .

I am speaking of Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (“BGB”), with Bessie Lee Maudlin on bass, Del McCoury on guitar, Bill Keith on banjo, and Kenny Baker on fiddle. They were playing the Ash Grove Continue reading

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Visiting Earl Scruggs

. . . He went down the hall and quickly came back, holding an old Gibson open-back banjo. “This belonged to Uncle Dave . . . here, play me a tune!” Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Bluegrass Music

I first met Bill Monroe in May of 1963. At that time, he told me (and I still have the interview on tape): “When it comes to music, I always considered myself as an inventor, sort of like Henry Ford. … Continue reading

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Folk Song and Performance Style: “Haul Away Joe”

“Haul Away Joe” or “Haul Away My Rosy”: Choir vs. Sailor – a folk style comparison and a story of a backwards-looking quest for folk authenticity. Continue reading

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