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Mar 1, 2021 - 1:55:34 PM
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6032 posts since 10/13/2007

Just came across this today. Shows when BG and Country were peas out of the same pod and all was good. Has the greatly missed Kenny Ingram and his great right hand as the backbone with Jimmy's great vocals. There is a thread about the future of BG music and it reminds me of the Jimmy Martin quote: "bluegrass was the only music born perfect and then got worse. I hope you can enjoy this.

ken

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn6othP63UQ&fbclid=IwAR06HvOCKPXQNp-jtofv2SRpqf_GZt5-FnU1ChbdXJ228iTH0VEkcVsLQPE

Mar 1, 2021 - 2:16:32 PM
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chuckv97

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56528 posts since 10/5/2013

Big K listening real close to Jimmy and band members. Might have been the unfamiliar sound in that studio. Jimmy had a tendency to pause longer between lines, or hold a note long. Thanks for posting, Ken.

Mar 1, 2021 - 7:44:47 PM
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13844 posts since 10/30/2008

I watched this Saturday night on the RFD channel. When the Sunny Mt Quartet ended "When He Reached Down His Hand For Me" around a single mic, I honestly cheered and applauded. GREAT. Johnny Dacus on fiddle I believe.

Kenny was a dead-serious banjo picker.

Mar 1, 2021 - 8:21:05 PM

6032 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by The Old Timer

I watched this Saturday night on the RFD channel. When the Sunny Mt Quartet ended "When He Reached Down His Hand For Me" around a single mic, I honestly cheered and applauded. GREAT. Johnny Dacus on fiddle I believe.

Kenny was a dead-serious banjo picker.


I wish I got RFD.

ken

Mar 2, 2021 - 3:47:41 AM
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2757 posts since 11/15/2003

There was a level of excellence that jimmy required of his sidemen..especially early on in his career...and even if you were a already good picker...you still had to play it jimmys way...jimmys timming, and there were certain notes and phrases that jimmy expected to hear from each individual instrument and he often orchestrated the whole band, and when not on stage..he would very often continue his attention to detail with band members who he thought needed attention...he could be a tough task master...but ive seldom talked with a ex martin band member that didnt think they walked away a much better picker...and to my ears...the ex martin alumni have much better timming and drive than your average road dogs...and jimmys way of leading a band was and still is embraced by some of a few remaining. Legends in bluegrass today.

You can never hear too much jimmy martin...especially with big k...
I am so proud to have been one of his friends...he was always complementary and always endearing, always willing to share and talk music and banjo...no banjo picker has ever had a better or more consistently steady hand...
To say he was one of the greats...just aint enough.

Warp!

Mar 2, 2021 - 7:19:35 AM

11702 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by warpdrive

There was a level of excellence that jimmy required of his sidemen..especially early on in his career...and even if you were a already good picker...you still had to play it jimmys way...jimmys timming, and there were certain notes and phrases that jimmy expected to hear from each individual instrument and he often orchestrated the whole band, and when not on stage..he would very often continue his attention to detail with band members who he thought needed attention...he could be a tough task master...but ive seldom talked with a ex martin band member that didnt think they walked away a much better picker...and to my ears...the ex martin alumni have much better timming and drive than your average road dogs...and jimmys way of leading a band was and still is embraced by some of a few remaining. Legends in bluegrass today.

You can never hear too much jimmy martin...especially with big k...
I am so proud to have been one of his friends...he was always complementary and always endearing, always willing to share and talk music and banjo...no banjo picker has ever had a better or more consistently steady hand...
To say he was one of the greats...just aint enough.

Warp!


You nailed it Kevin!  I remember Jimmy being really ticked off in the middle 70's when Marc Pruitt was supposed to audition for the Sunny Mountain Boys and somehow did not make it to the audition.  On stage at Shoal Creek he mentioned Marc not showing up and you could tell he didn't like it one bit.

The late Jimmy Rollins had a number of good stories about Jimmy .... several about going to the local Mt. Juliet flea Market with Jimmy and haggling over the price of a chicken!

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