I have a family "claim to fame" -- even if you've never heard of the band I'm featuring today, they are Nashville recording artists and my cousin plays in the band! When the good Lord was passing out talent...I missed the musical part. Coming from a family of musicians...sadly I can't play a lick! In 1927 my Great Grandfather, Grandfather and 2 Great uncles went to Richmond to record a record as the Salem Highballers, I found an old recording at Ferrum College and had a copy made for my dad. It's is badly aged but through all the pops & cracks my family's musical history comes through. I can remember as a child listening to my grandfather & anyone else who could play sit on the porch on a summer night "pickin' & a grinnin" -- There are few snapshots of these events but the sound of my Grandfather picking a bluegrass guitar is so clear in my mind all I need to hear is "Rocky Top" or "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and I'm back there again. The sad thing is when I became a teenager it became "uncool" to listen to bluegrass music. Boy do I wish I could go back and change that, 'cause I really do like it today!
Hubby and I do attend a couple Bluegrass Festivals every year...and it really brings back all those memories of my childhood.
These are 3 videos that the band Cimmaron made back in the 80's. My cousin Joey carries on this family legacy, he plays the steel guitar...and he's darn good too!
Check out the mullets in the videos! Thankfully Joey doesn't have one today!
Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!!