You have listened a ton and played a ton at the highest of levels. When you hear Earl today, does anything new ever come to you in hearing or in thoughts?
He has a kind of energy that's all his own.
So many have copied him, but he still has his his own style and feel.
I believe that was a live recording.
That is a well stated description of Earl. I was fortunate to have been invited to visit Earl at his home, in 2002.
He played my banjo, a Gibson RB12.
He played Sally Ann. No warming up, no picks, just picked it up and played.
You can not really describe this.
I had listened to records of be Earl, for decades. Dissected much with a phonograph played at half speed.
As good as I thought Earl was, he was about 1000 x better.
It's difficult to imagine how a mortal human can possess such talent, power, PRECISION and sheer energy.
And Earl was a gentleman and a gracious host. Funny in his own way. He was just a good guy.
'Lee Hammons' Callaway' 52 min
'1925 Gibson TB-4' 56 min
'Drop thumb' 3 hrs