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Aereo-Plain -- John Hartford

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-SXk40DQzA&feature=related



2 comments on “Aereo-Plain -- John Hartford”

frailin Says:
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.

Craig

infamyseemsshort Says:
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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