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Monday, April 9, 2007

"There was an old crank telephone on the wall and in the evenings I would- or on Saturdays and Sundays- set up in a chair and ring my friend down the hollow.  It was about two miles down the hollow, two longs and two shorts and he'd answer the phone and so would everybody else in the neighborhood. Everybody would pick up their phones. As a matter of fact everybody would pitch in on the conversations. They'd listen in and join you. Then I'd get down off the chair on the floor and let the receiver hang down and play my fiddle. Play my fiddle. Ol' Joe Clark, Arkansas Traveler, Cripple Creek, times were very hard..."

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Occupation: Retired, and picking more banjo

Gender: Male
Age: 71

My Instruments:
Vega tubaphone, semi fretless neck;
Paramount, semi-fretless neck, short-scale;
Paramount, semi-fretless neck, standard scale;
Fairbanks Whyte Laydie;
Gibson Mastertone 1928 TB-3 with Liberty conversion neck;
two other Mastertone clones and another Tubaphone.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Don Reno and Red Smiley, Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Akeman, Tommy Jarrell, Tommy Jackson, Howdy Forrester, Carroll Best, Bill Keith, Alan Munde, and of course, my pals Ed Britt, Jim Reed, and Don Couchie.

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Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Started playing banjo when I was in high school. Moved to Boston in 1969 to go to college, fell in love with a local girl, got married and settled down in the Boston area. I retired last June. I'm a committed shade tree picker, play three finger style, but lean more to old-time than bluegrass these days.

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