4:05 pm June 1, 2012, by Jay
That’s what they used to call it, anyway, and accurately so. Scotch-Irish immigrants made their way into the hollers of Appalachia, carrying their string instruments with them and along the way picking up a few additions, such as the banjo, an instrument with roots in Africa. Music they made themselves was their sole entertainment and, along with church and moonshine, a major means of social lubrication.
We are now losing the last of the generation that brought that music out of the hills still raw and rough and re-introduced it to the rest of America. In March we lost Earl Scruggs, and this week 89-year Doc Watson also passed away. It was probably quite a heavenly reunion for Earl and Doc, but for those of us unable to witness it firsthand, it probably went something like this:
Doc’s son Merle, who plays in the above video, died in 1985 in a tractor accident.
– Jay Bookman
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