Posted by Mr. Disco on Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wow. This guy's good, and what a nifty album.
When I saw it for sale on the internet somewhere for $88 I figured, "Cool, I could purchase two copies and that would cost more than my banjo." The Villa Park Library found me a copy though and I've been listening to it non-stop all week. Mr. Hartford is a very good banjo player with really tasteful rhythm work. There's several very neat YouTube videos... And so I'm learning who John Hartford was as a musician. -- Nice fiddler and guitarist, too. -- Album had a few other musicians: Norman Blake, Vassar Clements, Tut Taylor, and Randy Scruggs.
Mr. Hartford was certainly rooted in bluegrass and it shows on this album for a few cuts. Then he was also very comfortable making music on his instruments that ain't bluegrass. -- And it makes me want to pick up my banjo more.
-- Found this:
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 @8:34:53 AM
There has been (and will be) only one John Hartford. He was original. So much fun.
And boy, do I miss him.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 @4:50:04 PM
Yes I totally agree that John Hartford was an amazing musician and composer. His music touches the soul. And he gives everyone who think they can't sing and fighting chance. I mean he wasn't the best singer but boy did he make up for that..
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'20's Tenor Banjo' 10 min
'Gibson Serial Number' 24 min
'Little Black Train' 48 min
'Merlin banjo parts' 4 hrs
'Our Town in the Ozarks' 5 hrs