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Sep 7, 2019 - 6:51:47 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22306 posts since 6/25/2005

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

Sep 8, 2019 - 12:53:47 AM



9214 posts since 1/22/2003

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…

Sep 8, 2019 - 3:39:45 AM

3315 posts since 1/2/2004

Hi Bill. I recommend Ray Allen's book, GONE TO THE COUNTRY: THE NLCRs AND THE FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL. (University of Illinois Press, 2010).

Sep 8, 2019 - 9:56:23 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22306 posts since 6/25/2005

Thanks Lew. I will track that down. Hope you’re doing well.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 09/21/2019 10:18:50

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:52:42 AM

Jimmy Sutton


201 posts since 9/30/2013

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.

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:09:37 AM
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Jimmy Sutton


201 posts since 9/30/2013

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

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:43:51 PM

3845 posts since 11/29/2005

Arrived in the mail this morning; 2 CD's, a DVD on making the documentary and the booklet.

Sep 23, 2019 - 1:20:09 PM



1055 posts since 12/12/2007

I got word that my copy of Just Around the Bend is waiting for me at home. Looking forward to checking it out.

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:13:57 AM

Paul R


11634 posts since 1/28/2010

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.

Oct 4, 2019 - 4:23:48 PM
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11854 posts since 8/30/2006

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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