Posted by gailg64
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Size: 3,311kb, uploaded 5/7/2011 6:22:15 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Other
Saturday, May 7, 2011 @7:28:02 PM
From a disc of tunes given to me by Alice Gerrard. She and Andy Cahan recorded Luther in the late 70s-early 80s. I had visited him a couple of times with Alice or Nancy Dols (now Neithammer.) He lived to be 99 years of age & his memory remained sharp. He was a precious treasure trove of local folkways. He had been an auctioneer & had beautiful archaic style of speech and style of story telling. His musical repertoire & style were from another time. Though he played slowly, he fiddled almost to the end of his life. I always felt fingerpicked banjo seemed to go with it best because of the speed & phrasing. I will check, but I don't think this one was on Old Originals or The Old Time Way.
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @5:32:21 AM
Awesome!! I can't find this one in the Owen-Carter recordings of Luther so thanks for sharing, Gail. Wish I could've met the man. It's also absent from the "Old Originals" LPs. Not sure about "Old Time Way" since I've never been able to track down a copy of it. Thanks again. -Sean
Sunday, May 8, 2011 @7:35:10 AM
Some time ago at a friend's house I saw a short film made at Luther's house around 1981 while visitors were there. From the soundtrack you can tell there were more, but you see Paul Brown & Nancy Dols. Luther was in the kitchen making biscuits for the guests and telling stories. I am wondering if it could have been made by Les Blank, who did Sprout Wings & Fly, the film about TOmmy Jarrell. here were several tunes, mostly in G, that Paul accompanied on the banjo in the Wade Ward-Charlie Poole style with bass runs and short arpeggios.
One time that my husband & I visited, he was working in his garden--he was about 95 at that time.
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