Month: February 2015

Roscoe Holcomb: Mountain Wholesome

Roscoe Holcomb was born in 1912, just one year after Bill Monroe, in Daisy, Kentucky. He is said to have influenced artists such as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and was greatly admired by the Stanley Brothers. Holcomb is credited as one of the founders of the “High and Lonesome” sound. His voice is echoes … Continue reading Roscoe Holcomb: Mountain Wholesome

Appalachian Bluegrass: A Transplanted Tradition

The sounds and lyrics in bluegrass music often echo reminiscent feelings of lost loves, distant family, and the beauty of the landscape of Appalachia. I have always felt a strong connection with these cries. They remind me of the Blue Ridge Mountains, my roots, and a sense of pride. They remind me of the rivers, … Continue reading Appalachian Bluegrass: A Transplanted Tradition

Dock Boggs

mtv.com “Dock Boggs” was born on February 7, 1898 in West Norton, Virginia.  His given name was Moran Lee, after an admired town doctor, but his father started calling him Dock as a child.  Dock went to school up to seventh grade but at age 12 he began working in the coal mines of Southwest … Continue reading Dock Boggs

A short biography of The Carter Family.

There are many biographies that I read that discussed the lives and music of The Carter Family. A biography by David Vinopal, Rovi summed up the groups career well and can be found on CMT.com http://www.cmt.com/artists/the-carter-family-00/biography/ . The following is a synopsis of the article from CMT. The Carter Family initially consisted of A.P. and … Continue reading A short biography of The Carter Family.

G.B. Grayson

If you happened to listen and play the above YouTube video, what you heard were the sounds of G.B. Grayson featuring Henry Whitter playing the song “Handsome Molly”. G.B. Grayson or Gilliam Banmon Grayson, was an old-time American fiddle player. He was active as a musician and known for his work with guitarist Henry Whitter … Continue reading G.B. Grayson

An Attempt to Define Bluegrass

I had some technical difficulties getting my blog up, but here is my first post on the definition of bluegrass. What is bluegrass? That’s a question that is sure to spark some conversation, and perhaps even controversy. When tackling this question, and attempting to “define” bluegrass, for me, a good place to start would be … Continue reading An Attempt to Define Bluegrass

The New Lost City Ramblers

  The New Lost City Ramblers are an old-time string band, originally formed in New York City by John Cohen (left), Mike Seeger (right), and Tom Paley (center) in 1958. However, Paley left the band in 1962 and was replaced by Tracy Schwarz (left). Nevertheless, the group proved to be extremely influential during the folk … Continue reading The New Lost City Ramblers

Who is Buell Kazee?

     In the 1920s, folk music had made its introduction and was on the rise in the Appalachian region of the United States. Buell Kazee, being born in Burton Fork, Kentucky in 1900 was bound to become apart of this scene as a result of the strong presence of music in this region. He grew up with not … Continue reading Who is Buell Kazee?

If you think you can do it, do it.

Daddy heard the recording, and he told Mommy, “I can do as well or better. At least I don’t sing through my nose.” So, Mommy always would say “Well, Ernest, if you think you can do it, do it. Don’t just talk about it.” -Patsy Stoneman, 1991

The Evolution of Earnest V. Stoneman

In 1924, the musically inclined carpenter and occasional miner, Earnest Van Stoneman heard a recording by old time musician Hank Whittler, and decided he could do better. At the encouragement of his wife, Hattie, he left his home in Carroll Country, Virginia, and headed for New York, where he would soon record his first single … Continue reading The Evolution of Earnest V. Stoneman