Been relistening to the Incredibly versatile and prolific New Lost City Ramblers, who were, of course, the major spur to the urban revival of what we now call “old-time music.” They played in a myriad of styles on a myriad of instruments—with superb musicianship. Few if any of their successors have matched their work. If you play old-time music and haven’t listened—or listened much—to the Ramblers, I urge you to do so. Their music will be a revelation. YouTube is loaded with their work.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 09/07/2019 18:58:20
I fully agree with Bill. I already had some NLCR records in the 1970s and played them a lot. I still listen to the NLCR from time to time…
Hi Bill. I recommend Ray Allen's book, GONE TO THE COUNTRY: THE NLCRs AND THE FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL. (University of Illinois Press, 2010).
Thanks Lew. I will track that down. Hope you’re doing well.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 09/21/2019 10:18:50
There is also a DVD of the NLCR available from Arhoolie "Always Been a Rambler" which is well worthwhile.
AND if you are really into old time music there is another excellent book which shares this title "Always Been a Rambler" by John Beckworth (McFarland Publishers, 2018). This one is on the life and music of G B Grayson and Henry Whitter.
Plus while on the subject of good books I have just received John Cohen's latest, published yesterday just 6 days after his sad passing "Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road" (Smithsonian/Folkways). Another selection of his photographs from old time to bluegrass.
Lots of good memories here.
Apologies for the above posting Re John Cohen, the publishers are in fact Power House Books.
I was confusing it with Mike Seeger's latest which was published yesterday by Smithsonian/Folkways. I am sure you already about this release Videos and Book "Just Around the Bend" it's ALL BANJO PLAYERS.
Sorry about the confusion
Arrived in the mail this morning; 2 CD's, a DVD on making the documentary and the booklet.
I got word that my copy of Just Around the Bend is waiting for me at home. Looking forward to checking it out.
Last time I checked, I have seventeen NLCR CDs.
They influenced so many people, including Ry Cooder. You can't underestimate how influential they were on folk and rock musicians.
No influence on us at all. Thanks for this thread. I can't wait till the kids get ahold of this.
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