Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Uncle Dave Macon|
Traveling Down the Road
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical
Dave Macon was over 50 years old when, in the early 1920s, the emergence of motorized trucking caused him to give up his mule-drawn freight-hauling business and try his hand at entertaining. By 1927, when Nashville's WSM r... more »
Dave Macon was over 50 years old when, in the early 1920s, the emergence of motorized trucking caused him to give up his mule-drawn freight-hauling business and try his hand at entertaining. By 1927, when Nashville's WSM radio renamed its Barn Dance show The Grand Ole Opry, the ever-grinning, banjo-strumming "Uncle" Dave was its biggest star--and he remained a fixture there until his death in 1952. Along the way he made nearly 200 recordings for a variety of labels, and this collection features some of his most popular works, which influenced not only generations of country musicians, but folk artists as well. They include banjo primers ("Cumberland Mountain Deer Race," "Over the Mountain"), gospel tunes ("Just One Way to the Pearly Gates"), blues ("Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy"), and novelties ("She's Got the Money, Too")--all done in Macon's irresistibly infectious style. --Billy Altman
Keep pickin' Uncle Dave!
Tony Thomas | SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA | 02/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Uncle Dave was the last of his generation, an entertainer who spand was from the 1870s until the 1950s, and one of the first big stars of the Grand Ole Oprey. Well, it wouldn't matter if these records had been made about a 18 year old guy from Westwood in LA. Uncle Dave is great. He's a good banjo picker--although his showmanship, sympathy for his age, braggadocio, and now and then having his accompanyiest the Great Sam McGhee pick in his place in behind the curtain banjo competitions more than his playing is more responsible for his reputation as a great banjo playor or the best.However, what he really is is a great entertainer. These records are fun. Dave is whooping it up, he's giving you emotion, mostly happy motiion. You get the product of a person that this music is fun, not some dry, vestigial, documentary rendition. This stuff is fun, not history, for laughter and joy, and you are as close to seeing the show, to enjoying a pro as you can be from a record with these tunes.
I find it very hard to listen to this without taking out my banjo or guitar.keep picking Dave"