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May 19, 2020 - 7:09:46 AM

hoodoo

Canada

707 posts since 10/6/2017

I don't know how Reed Martin's banjo playing has been missing in my life until now, but for the past few days I've been listening to the few videos that are available on YouTube.

I noticed that he released a self-produced recording a number of years ago called Old Time Banjo.

I checked the usual suspects, Elderly, Amazon, Discogs, Ebay, County Sales and it isn't available anywhere, new or used.

I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find a copy?

Thanks

May 19, 2020 - 7:26:27 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

Maybe you can contact Reed Martin directly. I assume he is still alive. He was an instructor at Suwannee Banjo Camp years ago, and was one of my all time favorites--full of good music and stories. I got a copy of his CD there. Last I heard, he was living in Bloomington Indiana.

May 19, 2020 - 8:23:57 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23601 posts since 6/25/2005

I got mine several years ago directly from Reed. Don’t know if any copies are left.

May 19, 2020 - 8:37:32 AM

hoodoo

Canada

707 posts since 10/6/2017

Ok, thanks but that doesn't entirely answer my question. I don't know how to get in touch with him

May 19, 2020 - 9:28:14 AM
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sold1ode

Canada

101 posts since 10/10/2007

Several years earlier my bro-in-law sent me a copy of Reed's CD, which, ironically, I just played about 2 weeks ago, reminding me again of his marvelous playing. This same bro-in-law took me to meet Reed ca. 8-10 years ago at his home, near Washington (Reed had worked at the Smthsonian).

May 19, 2020 - 9:15:22 PM
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113 posts since 2/20/2004

I bought mine directly from him. He included a personal note dated December 12, 2003....so 17 years ago. I just pulled it off my rack. It is an amazing CD
The address listed on my copy:

Reed Martin
6431 79th street
Cabin John, Maryland, 20818
Phone 301-229-3482
Your welcome

May 20, 2020 - 6:40:41 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

hoodoo I checked with an acquaintance of Reed Martin who tells me this: Reed is moving into a sort of dementia and likely has no remaining copies of his CD, so it would be of little use to contact him.

Maybe someone here on BHO has transferred the CD to computer and could burn you a copy?

May 20, 2020 - 7:49:37 AM

hoodoo

Canada

707 posts since 10/6/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Lew H

hoodoo I checked with an acquaintance of Reed Martin who tells me this: Reed is moving into a sort of dementia and likely has no remaining copies of his CD, so it would be of little use to contact him.

Maybe someone here on BHO has transferred the CD to computer and could burn you a copy?


Thats really, really unfortunate to hear. Thanks for the information.

May 20, 2020 - 7:59:08 AM
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Lew H

USA

2515 posts since 3/10/2008

Unfortunate, yes. Meeting and attending Reed Martin's workshops that one year at Suwannee Banjo Camp remains a high point for me of over 10 years of attending.

You also might try putting a note and a want ad on BHO to buy the CD used from another member.

May 23, 2020 - 6:57:35 AM

2272 posts since 7/20/2004

I bought my copy from Reed at a small concert at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City probably 15 or so years ago. His CD, and Stephen Wade's "Dancing in the Parlor" are two of my favorites. Sorry to hear about his health condition.

Edited by - CW Spook on 05/23/2020 06:58:29

May 24, 2020 - 10:20:19 AM

1148 posts since 8/7/2017

Searching for "Reed Martin banjo" on Youtube brought up a page full of videos, both by him and others.

Hope this helps.

May 24, 2020 - 10:55:03 AM

1148 posts since 8/7/2017

Gee, be sure to listen to the youtube "Reed Martin - Old Molly Hare / Mississippi Sawyer - 2003" :-)

Thanks so much for starting this thread, HooDoo!

May 25, 2020 - 6:55:13 AM
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1518 posts since 1/13/2006

Reed has been a special friend since the first time I met him in 1976, when he played the first banjo I built. When my son was young, he was only interested in playing bluegrass banjo at the time. Reed was very special to him (my son Russ) as well, as we did a lot of trips to Banjo camps and workshops, antique car shows, and other stuff together with Reed, so Reed and I decided to "work on him" to help Russ get interested in learning clawhammer banjo. My other old friend Bob Buckingham was also part of that conspiracy. Anyway, I used to have a job site near Washington, DC, and ran down there once every other week or so for a number of years. Thursday afternoon visits with Reed were often part of the afternoon equation. In late 2002 and early 2003, I recorded two hour long videos with Reed at his home in Cabin John on my home movie camera, with our intent of using them to get Russ interested in learning clawhammer. It worked, and Russ learned clawhammer within a few years after that. All in all, there are about 33 tunes recorded, all of which were directed to Russ at the time by Reed. We had great fun doing it. Russ now has a Youtube channel called 81Crowe, and there are three of the Reed videos posted on there so far (Old Molly Hare-Mississippi Sawyer, Redwing, and The Drunken Fiddler). Eventually he'll share more on his channel, so keep an eye out. I usually share them on the Facebook clawhammer banjo groups when they are posted as well. Link below. Glenn C.

youtube.com/user/81crowe/videos

May 25, 2020 - 8:24:18 AM

832 posts since 3/23/2006

Very sad to hear that Reed is failing. My wife's cousins used to live in Cabin John and introduced me to to Reed who lived up the road from them. The first time I visited Reed we played some and he helped me improve a melodic version of Arkansas Traveler that I was working on at the time -- a great musician and a very nice man.

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