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steve617 - Posted - 07/04/2012:  06:43:10


Just read the article in the BNL. What a very entertaining article. A must read.

mikebanjo - Posted - 07/04/2012:  06:57:18



Ditto to above.   I have only seen Little Roy and the Lewis Family once; too bad they never got out West much to see them again.


LouZee Picker - Posted - 07/04/2012:  07:08:32


I've seen Little Roy many times down through the year's with the Lewis Family. He is the hardest working bluegrass entertainer I've ever seen! He really knows how to get a crowd fired up & into the music. And last but not least of all one heck of killer banjo player!!!!! And yes, I enjoyed the BNL article also.

Brian

retiredguy - Posted - 07/04/2012:  07:21:09



The Little Roy and Lizzy Long band travels throughout the USA. He is still the hardest working performer in Bluegrass. I'm sure they have a Web Page either under his name or Lizzy Long..


kwl - Posted - 07/04/2012:  07:40:13


Here is the website for Little Roy and Lizzie: littleroyandlizzy.com/

kmwaters - Posted - 07/04/2012:  08:39:01



I think he drinks a pot of coffee before getting started.  Great and tireless (meaning he doesn't get tired - not that he needs tires) entertainer.  Check out the Youtube video where he does the medley.  Strictly banjo solo of some of Earl's best stuff.  He can pick for sure.


Jim1 - Posted - 07/04/2012:  10:08:10



Everytime I have seen him he is drinking a can of Mountain Dew.   Very nice and helpfull.   He has always taken time with me to show me how to pick something I was trying to learn of his.        I wanted him to try one of my banjos out one time and he came to our RV and picked for an hour...One of a kind.....


pickNgrin - Posted - 07/04/2012:  11:21:36



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The Old Timer - Posted - 07/04/2012:  15:08:56


Well, personally I think Li'l Roy is strong medicine, not for everyone. He can get pretty wild! I will appropriate an observation an old friend of mine, Bob Mavian, once reserved for certain banjo players, "He makes it look harder than it really is", as a comment on some banjo players' entertainment value. Bob didn't say that about Li'l Roy, blame me for saying it.

I speak only as a fan, having seen the Lewis Family at festivals maybe 100 times. ONE TIME I was among the performers and in the band parking area I got to hear Li'l Roy hanging out with the bands and telling the most OUTRAGEOUS jokes I'd ever heard!

However, I absolutely LOVE Li'l Roy's reminiscences about standing by the road as a little feller to watch Flatt & Scruggs' bus go by every week. That makes him "one of us", for sure!

I always felt kinda bad for his nephew, Lewis Lewis or Travis Lewis or Lewis Travis or Travis Travis, whatever his name was. There was a perfectly capable, fine traditional young banjo player forever in the shadow of his zany uncle. Maybe like Unce Dave Macon's son, Dorris.

Not trying to start a flame war, or anything. Just my 2 cents which I hope doesn't enrage anyone.

2many5s - Posted - 07/04/2012:  19:18:34



To me, the boy always looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else than where he was.


royce - Posted - 07/04/2012:  19:47:59



Little Roy is a Jewel of a fella.  He's always been real and his crazy personality is really how he is.  He is full of life and if he acted any other way I'd think he was not feeling good.



I saw him a couple of month's ago and he told my buddy that was with me a story about my buddy's father...He said "I Rememba ya Fatha was the onliest man that I knew that could fot on command"...



Translation...He told my friend that his father was the only man that could fart on command...That was funny right there...


cabinwood - Posted - 07/04/2012:  19:53:13


Powerful!

BanjoDiva - Posted - 07/06/2012:  06:32:10



quote:


Originally posted by 2many5s




To me, the boy always looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else than where he was.






 Little Roy?? I don't get that at ALL. I've never seen anyone look like he was enjoying himself more doing whatever he was doing at any given moment.



I'm happy to be able to call Litlle Roy, Lizzy, and Bonnie friends. The LR&L show is about as much fun as you're going to get for your buck in bluegrass today. You just can't walk away from one of their performances without a smile on your face.



Somewhere on youtube there is a video of the tribute they did to Earl this past spring at the Bluegrass Under the Stars performance in Pendleton, SC. They performed the longest rendition of FMB I've ever heard to accompany a fireworks display. It beat any 4th of July celebration I've ever seen.


Prof - Posted - 07/06/2012:  08:07:23



quote:


Originally posted by BanjoDiva




quote:


Originally posted by 2many5s





To me, the boy always looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else than where he was.






 Little Roy?? I don't get that at ALL. I've never seen anyone look like he was enjoying himself more doing whatever he was doing at any given moment.



I'm happy to be able to call Litlle Roy, Lizzy, and Bonnie friends. The LR&L show is about as much fun as you're going to get for your buck in bluegrass today. You just can't walk away from one of their performances without a smile on your face.



Somewhere on youtube there is a video of the tribute they did to Earl this past spring at the Bluegrass Under the Stars performance in Pendleton, SC. They performed the longest rendition of FMB I've ever heard to accompany a fireworks display. It beat any 4th of July celebration I've ever seen.






 I think maybe 2many5s was referring to old timer's statement about the nephew:



"I always felt kinda bad for his nephew, Lewis Lewis or Travis Lewis or Lewis Travis or Travis Travis, whatever his name was. There was a perfectly capable, fine traditional young banjo player forever in the shadow of his zany uncle. Maybe like Unce Dave Macon's son, Dorris."



 


BanjoDiva - Posted - 07/07/2012:  05:51:47



quote:


Originally posted by Prof




quote:


Originally posted by BanjoDiva




quote:


Originally posted by 2many5s




To me, the boy always looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else than where he was.






 Little Roy?? I don't get that at ALL. I've never seen anyone look like he was enjoying himself more doing whatever he was doing at any given moment.



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 I think maybe 2many5s was referring to old timer's statement about the nephew:



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 Ah. That makes a lot more sense. Thank you for the clarification. My mistake.


steve davis - Posted - 07/07/2012:  06:06:12


I saw Little Roy at Thomas Point Beach in 2001.
Great entertainer and picker.
The Osborne Brothers were the headliners that year and while they were on stage,right in the middle of a banjo break,Little Roy came flying out from stage left,jumped on Sonny's back and stuck his finger in Sonny's ear.

Now that's entertainment.

pickNgrin - Posted - 07/07/2012:  06:09:25



quote:


Originally posted by BanjoDiva




 


 Ah. That makes a lot more sense. Thank you for the clarification. My mistake.






I read it the same way as you did. I was thinking... "WHAT?" smiley



-matt


Forrest - Posted - 07/07/2012:  06:44:42



quote:


Originally posted by The Old Timer




Well, personally I think Li'l Roy is strong medicine, not for everyone. He can get pretty wild! I will appropriate an observation an old friend of mine, Bob Mavian, once reserved for certain banjo players, "He makes it look harder than it really is", as a comment on some banjo players' entertainment value. Bob didn't say that about Li'l Roy, blame me for saying it.






I personally get a kick out of Little Roy and have enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm as well as his skill on the banjo.  After reading about Little Roy's preferred string gauges in this months BNL, I can't help but wonder if he really is working as hard as it appears.  big  He plays with cables on his banjo.


2many5s - Posted - 07/12/2012:  17:16:47



quote:


Originally posted by BanjoDiva




quote:


Originally posted by Prof





quote:


Originally posted by BanjoDiva





quote:


Originally posted by 2many5s





To me, the boy always looked like he would rather be anywhere else doing anything else than where he was.






 Little Roy?? I don't get that at ALL. I've never seen anyone look like he was enjoying himself more doing whatever he was doing at any given moment.



.....






 I think maybe 2many5s was referring to old timer's statement about the nephew:



.......



 






 Ah. That makes a lot more sense. Thank you for the clarification. My mistake.






Yes. The Boy. The nephew. Seemed capable, but sad-looking. No smiles... 


Prof - Posted - 07/12/2012:  18:04:22



So, what I'm wondering is where does Lizzy fit in? Are they related at all? Not trying to stir things up (I really want to know), but I just thought it was a bit weird that she was contributing to the interview...



Edited by - Prof on 07/12/2012 18:06:40

BluegrassWarehouse - Posted - 07/12/2012:  18:08:41



If I remember right, Little Roy was a foster parent to Lizzy.



Lance


arnie fleischer - Posted - 07/12/2012:  19:11:56



Little Roy's banjo playing goes way beyond the hard driving stuff he plays on stage.  I remember attending a workshop he gave during the festival that used to be held every St. Patrick's Day weekend at the now-defunct Pines Hotel in the Catskills.  It really amounted to a mini-concert interspersed with questions and answers, and it was fascinating what he chose to play.  All of the details escape me now, 16 or 17 years later, but I do remember being surprised - my previous exposure was seeing him with the Lewis Family a few times and hearing him on some of their records - by the touch he demonstrated and the nuanced tone he produced on some of the tunes he played that afternoon.  He is much, much more than the antic, one-dimensional picker a lot of people wrongly believe him to be.



I have to admit, however, that the highlight of that festival was when Jim and Jesse McReynolds came onstage during one of the Lewis Family's sets and with the help of the festival's promoter, Arnold Banker, put Little Roy in a cage.   


UncleClawhammer - Posted - 07/12/2012:  20:14:53



I saw him and Lizzy Long at Music in the Mountains bluegrass festival in Summersville a coupla years back. I was pretty impressed, though I like his recordings with the Lewis Family better. He and J.D. Crowe (who was sitting in the front row during Roy's set) kept teasing each other. I think Crowe said something like, "How'd you get here? Where's your jack-ass?" and Roy said, "Sittin' in the front row!"


warpdrive - Posted - 07/13/2012:  05:09:42



working for a band with the same last name, and working many of the same festivials, little roy and i got thrown togather back in the mid 90's, and myself, being short(but about 10 sizes bigger and broader)and playing banjo, people thought we were related, in short we developed a great friendship, on and off the stage. roy's nephew and i would talk about matters of amature body building, and powerlifting and one night back stage at emminance mo,(i was working with josh and kenny then) travis, his mom and aunts and i were standing around talking, and watcing roy,sighn a few autographs for some guests that got backstage. roy and i had on the same exsact suit coats, color dye, the whole nine yards. roy weighs about a buck 25 maybe 35 tops, at the time i went about 210, still benched in the 400lbs range. it was hot backstage, couldnt draw a breath, no fan, roy was standing at a table, and had took off his jacket and laid it across the table, i said to lewis,"watch this" roy was distracted and i walked up beside him, and he aknowledged my presence, and i said "man its hot back here aint it roy", and took off my suit coat. roy was drenched, he made some more comments about it, and went back to meetin greetin, as i walked away, i grabbed his coat, and left mine, lewis and his mom, midge, the whole family was watching trying to keep from bustin up, roy had no idea of the switch. i lined back up with travis and the family standing to one side, i told travis" yall tell him ya got to go back to the bus, roy was about finished anyway, he said his final good bye's to the group, and grab my oversized jacket , and put it own, the look on his face was priceless as the family lost it laughing, my jacket looked like a tent on roy, he said"kevin. you a turd" in that thick accent he's got, i"ll get you he said. Later that evening he tried embarressing me in front of josh and kenny after our set, he came up to me dressed in this well endowed woman outfit, and sat in my lap, and gave me a big ole kiss on the cheek, josh was laughing, kenny was just blinking like a possum in amazement, i suprised roy by just standing straight up with him cradeled in my arms, he looked at me and said,"how long can you hold me like this" i said, a few minutes why? "he said, carry me out onstage where jim and jessee is, so here we went, up the back ramp out of the wings onstage. I sat roy down right next to jim mcrenoylds, the look on his face, he didn t see us come out of the wings, he just happen to look to his left, and bam, we were there. i dont know if this was the first time roy did this, but we re-enacted this several times over the next few yrs, roy will do anyting to entertain. warp



Edited by - warpdrive on 07/13/2012 05:25:22

warpdrive - Posted - 07/13/2012:  05:28:51


i aplogize for a mix up, lewis is a weighlifter and who i would talk with, travis was still on bass, we didnt talk as much, warp



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