Friday, 15 March 2013

Bluegrass archaeology in Raleigh - thanks to Jan Johansson

Richard F Thompson reports in Bluegrass Today a message he received from Swedish fiddler and teacher Jan Johansson (left), who is now resident in Cary, North Carolina, on the outskirts of Raleigh, where this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass is to be held. Jan Johansson writes:

I am helping the Raleigh City Museum to put together an exhibit about the history of bluegrass music on the radio – primarily WPTF. Charlie and Bill Monroe were here 1936-1938, Flatt & Scruggs lived in a boarding house, which is now a restaurant, across the street from the North Carolina State University campus. Clyde Moody owned a car-dealership in Raleigh, and a fair number of good artists were on WPTF including the Bailey Brothers, Jim Eanes...

What I would like to do is to get a few of us together and go in a van around town to places where these people lived, and the old studios and stuff. Would you be interested in such Blue Grass archaeological excursion? I know there will be a few diehards who would probably get a kick out of it...


Read more here.