Thursday, August 5, 2010

Minstrel of the Appalachians

I've posted clips of Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1882-1973) filmed in the 1960s, but this rarity is from the early 30s. Great stuff!



Those old timers could make music that sounded like a mountain stream.

2 comments:

dwbrewin said...

That was a great clip. I was really interested in the closeup of the banjo picker. This seems to be a pretty early practitioner of a Scruggs style without the picks. They sounded the way they did because back then, people used to really listen.

GULAHIYI said...

You know, my tastes are pretty fickle when it comes to music in this vein, and I'm not enough of a musician (not a musician at all, really) to explain why I like what I like. Seems to me that a lot of people just try to play this stuff hard and fast, and it lacks what this old film captured. "People used to really listen." Maybe that's the key!