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The first of the new Chuck Lee "Vintage" line

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I got in the first of Chuck Lee's new "Vintage" line.  This one is a Prairieville.  With a more "traditional" appearance, and a 12-inch cherry pot with a rolled brass tone ring, it's a killer.

I did a short video of it:  Cumberland Gap

More info and photos can be seen  at 5 comments

It's 98% female!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 7 comments

Oh, boy!

Sunday, December 31, 2006 2 comments


Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1 comment

Fairbanks Imperial Electrics

Tuesday, November 7, 2006 1 comment

Some old photos

Thursday, November 2, 2006 3 comments

The Shady Grove Series

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 3 comments

Oops, changed the photo

Monday, October 30, 2006 Add Comment

My photo

Friday, October 27, 2006 1 comment

Not a good blogger, I fear...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 2 comments

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Playing Since: 1961

Occupation: Retired entomologist

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Age: 77

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Too many to mention, though my 1964 Ode bought new from Chuck Ogsbury has been a steadfast bluegrass friend, and the Mike Ramsey Fairbanks Electric prototype he made in 1998 is my everyday, go-to open back.

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Again, just too many to mention, though Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson remain all-time favorites. The Greenbriar Boys, and especially the banjo of Bob Yellin, got me into bluegrass. Bob, Bill Keith and Earl Scruggs all have had major influence in my playing. If you catch me passively listening to recorded music, it's probably Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, though.

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Started playing guitar in 1958, added banjo in 1961, and that became the musical love of my life.<p> Meeting the Greenbriar Boys turned me on to bluegrass while I was still in high school, and I dedicated myself to becoming a bluegrass player. I dedicated myself so much that I flunked out of my freshman year of college (Rutgers), but then used the banjo to make my living and finish up my B.A. at Temple University by playing in BG bands and teaching at a conservatory during the folk boom of the 1960s.<p> In 1971, I went off to the University of Missouri and shoved my instruments under the bed for 5 years while I was getting my Master's and Ph.D. in entomology.<p> After school, I took a position on the Cornell Entomology faculty, and started playing with a local band. I left Cornell to take a job in industry and moved from Ithaca in 1982 and thus had to quit what has proven to be the last band I played with.<p> Since then, I have focused my playing on clawhammer, though I taught and enjoyed bluegrass style.<p> Live By the Sword Dept: Though I had a good career in the agrochemical industry, including living in France for several years at company expense, a 1997 downsizing led to my forced retirement (we call that being "fired") and a divorce, so I returned to my musical roots and bought a small town music store in 1998. This proved to be a most perspicacious move, as I met Carmen, now my wife and the love of my life when she came in as an unsuspecting customer that year! She and I had a son in 2007, so I'm now one of those old guys with young children.<p> Gradually, I converted the store to a strictly acoustic, bluegrass and old-time oriented shop with a decidedly heavy banjo theme. At the end of 2014, I closed the shop so I could retire and spend more time with my family, which I am truly enjoying!<p>

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