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"