Music Makers Of The Blue Ridge Plateau

Music Makers Of The Blue Ridge Plateau

  • $20.00


(Arcadia Publishing, 2008) 128 pp. softbound. Those of us who have searched high and low for photos of old-time musicians to add interest to various recording projects and books know how difficult and time consuming a task that can be. So this collection of almost 250 mostly older photos of Blue Ridge music makers is rather amazing and certainly a most welcome publication for anyone who loves old time music. The book—with two photos on each page—features pickers from just the city of Galax and the following four southwestern Virginia counties: Floyd, Grayson, Carroll and Patrick. A lot of great music came out of this area, and this book includes not only the legendary fiddlers and banjo pickers like Fred Cockerham, Uncle Charlie Higgins, Taylor & Stella Kimble and Kyle Creed, but also the great Bluegrass bands like the Foothill Boys, the Mountain Ramblers, the Blue Ridge Buddies and a young Ted Lundy. And even third generation artists like Sammy Shelor, Kenny Smith and Randall Hylton are present as well. Considering the various sources of the pictures, the quality of the reproduction is pretty good—certainly good enough to enjoy. There is almost no text, but the photo captions are well done and provide a good amount of information. Apart from a few studio shots of the Hill Billies, Ernest Stoneman, etc, most of these photos have not been published before: the collective work confirms what a huge amount of talent there was in this relatively small area. The book will also bring back a lot of memories for fans who trekked to the annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax in the 1950s and 1960s! If names like Emmett Lundy, Wade Ward, Green Leonard, Babe Spangler and Kilby Snow mean anything to you, this fascinating book is a must. $ 20.00