thanks for the private message, I sent you an email. As mentioned, I truly am appreciative of you effort you put fort in the above posts and sending a pdf. I’ll probably purchase the Homespun stuff of Blake’s in the next day or so.
That’s pretty special there (video). That 1934 D18 is also pretty special. It takes a lot for me to get worked up over a guitar but that D18 is about as good as it gets. I was at Gruhn guitars a week or so back and banged on just about all their “old” guitars. There was a 1964 D28 in there that made my heart flutter and had “that sound”…wife didn’t care too much for the price tag though! She’ll be hard pressed to keep me from buying a 30’s D18 if I ever run into one. I might end up with a black eye but from my perspective the pain will be worth the pleasure.
On Norman Blake:
As mentioned, I’m just now starting to become a “fanboy”. Norman has always existed in my head ever since I ventured into bluegrass, but I’ll admit that I was not as appreciative of him as I am now. There is just something about Norman that is 100% authentic to me.
A mandolin friend I play with from time to time insisted on giving me 3 or 4 Norman cd’s . About a week after that I found myself driving on a long 10 hour journey. I decided to really take the time to listen to those cd’s…been burning them up ever since and that was nearly a year ago. You can bet that if I am in the car driving that Blake is coming through the speakers. It’s not only the picking, but it’s the singing and songwriting that are likewise pretty amazing to me. His original instrumentals kind of knock it out of the park also.
I was raised a redneck in the Hills of Southern Ohio just off the river on the southern tip. That area might as well be KY or WVa. Norman definitely takes me back to a time that my grandfather told me stories about.