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Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia
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produced by Cecilia Conway and Scott Odell (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 1 hour 4 mins
The sounds and social history of African American banjo playing—32 superb instrumentals and vocals, recorded between 1974 and 1997. Extensively annotated with performer's life histories, tunings, lyrics, bibliography, and discography. The banjo's gourd ancestors came to the Americas with enslaved Africans, forg...
produced by Cecilia Conway and Scott Odell (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 1 hour 4 mins
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Clarence Ashley and Tex Isley
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produced by Peter K. Siegel, 1944- (Folkways Records, 1966), 45 mins
Clarence "Tom" Ashley's musical life began at home, with the family, but soon expanded to include the medicine show circuit. Popular among rural listeners, Ashley's playing didn't gain a wider audience until 1960, when he met folk music scholar Ralph Rinzler at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention. This album presents...
produced by Peter K. Siegel, 1944- (Folkways Records, 1966), 45 mins
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