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CD Review: Altamont: Black Stringband Music

Posted by Stev187 on Saturday, July 7, 2007

Altamont: Black Stringband Music
John Lusk Stringband (1989)

Nothing beats iTunes for those late-night, gotta-hear-it, music nostalgia cravings.  Tidying the house, I felt a major need to hear the old Lusk Stringband recordings that were re-issued back in the early 90s.  Here's what the Library of Congress says about it:

This album brings to light the unique pre-war black stringband style that disappeared with the commercial division of white and black markets. Recorded in the mid-'40s, the two groups on this album, the duo of fiddler Frank Patterson and banjoist Nathan Frazier, and the driving band headed by fiddler John Lusk, offer a tantalizing glimpse into a lost world. Nathan Frazier, banjo, vocal / Frank Patterson, fiddle / Murph Gribble, banjo / John Lusk, fiddle / Albert York, guitar

These fairly poor fidelity recordings from the early 1940s just drip with fantastic strains of wonderful music.  One of the great bits of this Nathan Frazier's banjo playing.  Just amazing.

So I'll just curl up on the couch and get re-aquainted with this marvelous recording.  And I suppose I'll tidy up in a bit.

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