Crowe On The Banjo: A Musical Life Of JD Crowe
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DescriptionA musical biography of one of bluegrass's true pioneers.
One of the biggest influences on the "modern" sound of Bluegrass banjo, JD Crowe is long overdue a biography, especially one that focuses closely on his banjo playing career." J. D. Crowe won the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's 2011 "Star Award," as he is also highly acclaimed as a major influence in the development of bluegrass music.
In this first biography of legendary banjoist J. D. Crowe, Marty Godbey charts the life and career of one of bluegrass's most important innovators. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Crowe picked up the banjo when he was thirteen years old, inspired by a Flatt & Scruggs performance at the Kentucky Barn Dance. Godbey relates the long, distinguished career that followed, as Crowe performed and recorded both solo and as part of such varied ensembles as Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, the all-acoustic Kentucky Mountain Boys, and the revolutionary New South, who created an adventurously eclectic brand of bluegrass by merging rock and country music influences with traditional forms. Over the decades, this highly influential group launched the careers of many other fresh talents such as Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Doyle Lawson.
FeaturesWith a selective discography and drawing from more than twenty interviews with Crowe and dozens more with the players who know him best, Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe is the definitive music biography of a true bluegrass original.
Reviews"This book is superbly written and once you start, you just can't put it down."--Cybergrass
"This book is a major service to J. D. worshipers (like myself!). Thanks, Marty, we will
miss you."--Béla Fleck, Grammy-winning banjoist.
"For fans and historians, a book on the music and influence of J. D. Crowe was long
overdue, and Marty Godbey's Crowe on the Banjo fits the bill wonderfully. This account puts
Crowe's importance into clear perspective. The highs and lows of the Lexington bluegrass
bar scene are brought to life by someone who obviously had a good seat at the front table
while hearing great music played over the din of clinking bottles."--Bob Artis, third-generation mandolinist and member of the Allegheny Drifters. "A stimulating and informative narrative of the life and work of J. D. Crowe, a
seminal figure in the development of latter-day bluegrass music. Marty Godbey
admirably pinpoints the importance of Crowe's influences as a banjo player and band
leader and how his sound has become the standard for a sizeable segment of the bluegrass
music industry."--Alan Munde, bluegrass banjoist and leader of the Alan Munde Gazette.
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