Following an invite that the Worldwide Bluegrass Music Affiliation (IBMA) prolonged to its members that they share a reminiscence from ’75 years of bluegrass,” we thought that we might accumulate just a few to share with you.
Louisa Branscomb, initially from upstate New York, has additionally lived within the states of Alabama, Washington, and at her farm, Woodsong, in northern Georgia, the place she trains thoroughbred horses.
She was one of many first girls to guide a full-time bluegrass band. In 1971, she led an all-female band known as Bluegrass Liberation. She later led the North Carolina group Boot Hill, and one other all-female band known as Cherokee Rose (which additionally included Missy Raines and Lynn Morris). Louisa has additionally fronted the Atlanta-based band, Born Gypsy, enjoying mandolin.
Ms. Branscomb was a member of Fontanna Sundown briefly.
She can also be thought-about one of many early feminine banjo gamers in bluegrass. Alison Brown credit Louisa as being her inspiration to play banjo (Alison’s first publicity to bluegrass, on her tenth birthday, was Louisa’s band Boot Hill).
She has written many songs recorded by different artists, together with Daughters of Bluegrass, Frances Mooney, Dale Ann Bradley, the McPeak Brothers, Girls’ Selection, Janet McGarry, Valerie Smith, and Mark Newton.
In 2011, Compass Information launched I’ll Take Love, an album of Louisa Branscomb songs that includes John Cowan, Claire Lynch, The Whites, Dave Peterson, Josh Williams, and Alison Krauss. In 2014, her track Pricey Sister (as recorded by Claire Lynch), gained Music of the Yr on the IBMA Awards. Then in 2017, she was offered with a Distinguished Achievement Award by the IBMA. 2018 noticed her inducted into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Corridor of Fame.
A psychologist and writer, she has an M.A. in counselling from Wake Forest College and earned a Ph.D whereas at Georgia State College.
“On this new period of quiet time at dwelling, my bluegrass recollections are like a e book I can open on the finish of the day to show pages stuffed with enjoyable and camaraderie. One which stands out occurred at Redgate Bluegrass Pageant in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1977. I used to be there with my band, Boot Hill (with Sam Sanger, Gary Brown, and Steve Block). In these days, for the reason that bluegrass household was smaller, we regularly knew one another effectively throughout the nation regardless that we had been younger gamers. So, you by no means knew what would possibly occur on the festivals. After all, Little Roy was keen on leaping out on stage with the bands enjoying the banjo and slicing up, however you actually didn’t anticipate that, or I didn’t, with Béla Fleck! Though he was just some years out of highschool, he was already drastically revered in music. Béla was there as a part of the Boston band, Tasty Licks.
That day the rain was pouring, however the followers had been loyal, and most put black rubbish baggage over their heads with a gap for his or her heads and caught it out. As we kicked off Metal Rails, all of a sudden I hear one other banjo getting nearer and nearer (no jokes ya’ll) and there’s Béla, standing by me enjoying concord with me onto the identical mic! After all I used to be awestricken. Béla was so good he may watch my hand and play close to good concord simply by anticipating. He stayed out and performed a number of songs, which in fact we put further breaks in to make it final! And it’s one of many highlights of my profession, to be honored by him becoming a member of in. Afterwards, we talked for the primary time and he instructed me that Tasty Licks performed Metal Rails ceaselessly of their performances, and the way appreciative he was.
Béla has gone on to be one of the, if not probably the most, influential banjo gamers on the planet. However even when I’d recognized that then, nothing may have made these quarter-hour any higher than they already had been.”
Boot Hill recorded Metal Rails in February 1977 at Studio One, Nashville, Tennessee (Millwheel TH 1026).
The track gained higher prominence when Alison Krauss’s recording was launched in August 1990.
It was a Grammy winner for Alison Krauss and Union Station.
John Denver’s 1997 model options Herb Pedersen (banjo and background vocal), Leroy MacNees (reso-guitar), Gabe Witcher (fiddle) and Pete Huttlinger (guitar and mandolin).
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