Friday, September 4, 2009

Mike Seeger-Fresh Oldtime String Band Music

This is my tribute to Mike Seeger who passed away this summer... Mike was one of the greatest revivalist musician that came out of the folk revival and a passionate advocate of american old-time music for more than 50 years, alone and with the New Lost City Ramblers. He played on almost every folk stringed instruments: Guitar, banjo, autoharp, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer... and was a model for a lot of people(including myself) to learn and play authentic old-time country music.
The lp i'm offering today was recorded for Rounder in 1984 and was the result of a project Mike had to present old-time string band music played with new ideas, settings and combinations. He took his more adventurous musical friends along with him, including Norman and Nancy Blake, Alan Jabbour, Kirk Sutphin, Paul Brown and members of new old-time string bands of the time like The Stepping Stones from Washington D.C, Tha Agents of Terra and The Horseflies from Ithaca N.Y.
This recordings sounds as fresh and exciting now as it should have been 25 years ago.


Kori Neil said...

Wow, thanks for this. I used to own a copy of this and it disappeared. One of my favorite all time collection of forward thinking stringband music (one of the only). Cheers!

spinning in air said...

Thanks so much for this. I used to own the LP (not sure where it got to) and think this music is deserving of much wider exposure. (Too bad that the Agents of Terra and the Horseflies are long gone...)

sam said...

The flies are not gone; they are still making brilliant music as The Horseflies and in other combinations.