Sunday, November 10, 2013

Byron Parker & His Mountaineers - Bluegrass Roots

 Bluegrass Roots---indeed this group had sort of an "in between" sound. Too bluegrassy for old time, too old time to call bluegrass. I`d call them pre-bluegrass. The playing style on the banjo here is probably what makes the style what it is. Snuffy Smith`s banjo playing was a three finger style very much approaching what Earl Scruggs came out with just a few short years later. Snuffy Smith could also play old time clawhammer style banjo, and sometimes played both ways in one tune. Snuffy Smith also used the type banjo that Earl Scruggs made standard issue for bluegrass banjo, the Gibson Mastertone. Enjoy!

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