Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Minstrel Of The Appalachians

Here`s a great LP with a great cover. This LP is on the Riverside label, number RLP 12-645. This LP must be pretty rare, I looked for this one for a few years. That`s one of my favorite album covers! I guess I`ll stick to talking about the music. Album cover art could be a subject for a whole blog page on it`s own.

This autograph isn`t a real autograph, it`s printed on the back of the album cover. How many Bascom Lamar Lunsford autographs do you suppose exist? And what a unique autograph at that. Of course the uniqueness of the autograph matches the uniqueness of the man. Not only was he a great old-time singer and banjo picker, he practically invented the idea of what we now call an old-time music festival, which could be considered the daddy of the bluegrass festivals today. He started the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival at Asheville, North Carolina. This became the biggest festival of this type in the 30`s through the 50`s. (I`m not 100% sure when this festival got it`s start, but I believe in the mid to late 30`s) This festival was the daddy to what we consider the greatest old-time music festivals today like the ones at Galax & Mt. Airy, North Carolina.
I`m not going to try to go into Mr. Lunsford`s biography as there are a couple videos out about him and also a book I believe. None should be hard to find by doing an internet search. I am including a piece of what is written on the back of the LP cover.

Track listing---
Poor Jesse James
Go To Italy
The Merry Golden Tree
I Shall Not Be Moved
The Derby Ram
The Old Man From The North Country
The Miller`s Will
Fly Around, My Blue-Eyed Girl
Black Jack Davy
Weeping Willow Tree
Swing Low, Chariot
The Sailor On The Deep Blue Sea
John Henry

Click here to download Bascom Lamar Lunsford - Minstrel Of The Appalachians


  1. Wow! Where do you go record shopping? Thanks for posting this! Yes, fantastic cover. One expects the formal dress while walking in the woods from Bascomb. But what about that banjo case? Leather?

  2. I won this LP on ebay after looking 4 or 5 years for it.I`m pretty sure the banjo case is leather. I`ve looked at that several times. I believe it has a zipper that goes all the way around to close it. I bet that zipper could be a pain after it got some wear on it! I love looking at this cover, I`m gonna put it in a LP frame and put it on the wall!

  3. Wow indeed! This must be the lp that's been released as a cd by a Japanese P-Vine label. The cd seems to be available via Amazon, but the price is quite high. Thanks for posting! :)