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Playing Bluegrass Back-Up on Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo

As you might guess, there are numerous differences between old-time and bluegrass music, although they share a lot of similarities too. In old-time music, the banjo, fiddle and mandolin generally play the melody all at the same time. During an old-time tune, the guitar generally refrains from playing the melody and concentrates on providing the… Read More »


Only Remembered For What He Has Done – Dock Boggs by Jack Wright

Introduction Dock Boggs’ 1927 recordings of raw, powerful singing and distinctive banjo-playing have moved and influenced musicians, fans and scholars ever since their release. His songs that became especially well known include “Country Blues,” “Sugar Baby,” “Oh Death,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Wise County Jail.” With the release this year of the CD of Dock’s material,… Read More »


Emmett Miller – The Vaudeville Star Who Helped Shape Country Music by Charles Wolfe

There are dozens of unsung heroes in the annals of country music; some are instrumentalists, like the legendary Georgia fiddler Joe Lee, who introduced the “long bow” style to greats like Clayton McMichen; some are songwriters, like the gospel singer Grady Cole, who ‘wrote “Tramp ort the Street”; others were promoters and radio personalities like… Read More »

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