Southern Banjo Sounds

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With this collection, Mike Seeger's intention is to illustrate the wide variety of banjo sounds heard in the rural South before 1950. Each of the 26 tracks employs a different style, using a range of techniques, many in the clawhammer, two-finger, and three-finger style; "Come My Little Pink," for instance, specifically emulates Earl Scruggs' playing. The repertoire of the songs chosen covers a similarly wide range, from blues and bluegrass to 19th century African-American banjo and traditional folk. As icing on the cake, no less than 23 separate banjos were used in the recording photos of each model are in the liner notes. As you might gather from such a carefully ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With this collection, Mike Seeger's intention is to illustrate the wide variety of banjo sounds heard in the rural South before 1950. Each of the 26 tracks employs a different style, using a range of techniques, many in the clawhammer, two-finger, and three-finger style; "Come My Little Pink," for instance, specifically emulates Earl Scruggs' playing. The repertoire of the songs chosen covers a similarly wide range, from blues and bluegrass to 19th century African-American banjo and traditional folk. As icing on the cake, no less than 23 separate banjos were used in the recording photos of each model are in the liner notes. As you might gather from such a carefully assembled disc, the presentation tends toward the academic and preservationist, rather than the original and artistic; Seeger is a fine and versatile player, though only adequate as a singer. It's of most use to banjo players and scholarly types looking for a handy reference to Southern banjo styles, and it's a successful project when judged by those standards, embellished by lengthy and readable liner notes from Seeger, including a brief history of the American banjo and details about each track. The most unusual item is "Down South Blues" which Seeger learned from Dock Boggs, on which he achieves a slide banjo-like effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074010723
  • Catalog Number: 40107
  • Sales rank: 166,497

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Seeger Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mike Seeger Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Tom Adams Engineer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Dane Penland Cover Art
Dave Ringle Composer
Fred Meinken Composer
J. Lair Composer
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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    A great listen from start to finish!

    I have always been a fan of Mike Seeger in a way mostly due to the fact that I'm a New Lost City Ramblers fan. I was watching several videos of Mike Seeger playing banjo on YouTube and was so hooked on what I was hearing that I just had to jump on my computer and buy one of his albums on I-Tunes. I was amazed when I first heard this! With this album a wide range of styles are covered so you get a very good mix of everything from clawhammer to 2-finger playing, to Scruggs style picking. Two tracks that particularly stand out are "Whoopin' Up Cattle" and "Lost Gander." This album is not only great for banjo players to listen to, but also old-time and folk music fans such as me will enjoy this as well. I'm planning on eventually buying Seeger's "True Vine" album since I enjoyed this so much. Highly recommend!!

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