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Dec 5, 2023 - 5:24:39 AM
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Article. You can order from some local booksellers, but they're on Amazon and Walmart as well.  I haven't gotten mine yet, so no opinions yet.

Dec 5, 2023 - 5:38:30 AM

PKM

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517 posts since 4/19/2011

Brian, I am curious about this book since a regional newspaper, Smoky Mountain News just did an article on it and the author.
I am an avid book collector/reader on anything banjo, of course, but the price seems hefty for such a localized, and limited area. I wish Dr. Allsbrook had expanded his research area to adjacent Appalachian counties.
How do you write a book about banjo greats in this region and not include Charles Wood just because he lives a few miles out of Haywood county !?!?!
I guess my point is, thats great if the interest is coming from the Historical Society of Haywood county, but too limiting if you're a banjo enthusiast interested in this Appalachian region.
Let me know what you think of it. Cheers, PKM (Highlands, NC )

Dec 5, 2023 - 6:56:59 AM

3354 posts since 9/5/2006

Ironically this book seems focused on the bluegrass style banjo players of Haywood County, and not the old time players who are there or were.

Dec 5, 2023 - 7:46:06 AM

14852 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by Bob Buckingham

Ironically this book seems focused on the bluegrass style banjo players of Haywood County, and not the old time players who are there or were.


If it skips over the old-time players, it is indeed ironic.  The rich tradition there is certainly the old traditional music.  Even some of the more modern old-time players, like Laura Bussinger (sp), should have been included ........... although Laura is not longer young (maybe I shouldn't say that) she has been playing for a long time, she is just carrying on a much older tradition.  I wouldn't consider Carroll Best a bluegrass picker, as his style and song selections are rooted in old time fiddle music.

Dec 5, 2023 - 8:25:51 AM
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Lots of good ideas here for new books. I'll buy them if you guys will write them.

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