I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Picture of the day

I don’t know anything about this picture except what is evident on the image itself– she’s playing a right-handed banjo upside down (look where the peg for the short string is) and it’s fretless.  This is a wonderful old picture.

“Nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.” Wade Mainer

“What we was playin’ in the ’30s was true country music — no electric instruments, no copyrights,” he once said. “Something’d happen and someone’d write a song about it — nobody owned it, nobody’d know who wrote it. The music just told a story.”

There’s a very fine obit for Wade Mainer in the […]

RIP Wade Mainer

Today would have been Bill Monroe’s 100th; there was a great NPR story last night.  Listen to it in particular for Del McCoury’s account of how Monroe showed him the importance of the words to Monroe’s song about his parents.

And, as the headline notes, Wade Mainer died at home in his sleep […]

Mike Seeger, musician (New Lost City Ramblers), folklorist has died

Mike Seeger, who was in the folk-revival band New Lost City Ramblers, and who documented banjo and other traditional music styles (including little-known ones like the fretless style played in rural Panola County, Mississippi) has died.  He’s mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoirs (Chronicles, Vol. One).  Pete Seeger is his half-brother and Peggy his […]