Norman Blake, session musician.Norman Blake, songwriter.Norman Blake, interpreter.
This man is the best.
I think my favorite records are "Back Home In Sulphur Springs" and "Fields of November" but I also rep hard for "Blackberry Blossom" and "Directions."
― i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 22 October 2012 18:34 (7 months ago) Permalink
Norman's mentioned at several points on the excellent Takoma One-Offs and Rarities thread; here's one of my excursions (dunno if those links still pertain, but prob the first at least):
Back in the 70s, we were having a plastic suburban house party, playing the first three Aerosmith albums over and over and over, 'til I finally freaked out and flipped on the TV. There was Norman, just picking away: not speedy and flashy, but cutting across, unstoppable. We were the ones who stopped, looked, and even listened. My first Norman Blake experience, unless you count my already having had whiskey before breakfast. You can also find a number of situations involving Norman (and sometimes Nancy) on The Steam-Powered Preservation Society's download/stream site,http://thespps.org"> http://thespps.org However! They don't have a search function, so you gotta scroll down and read the descriptions of the sets, and even so, let your finger linger on the download link, while you write it down, cos when you get into the archive you'll see a whole dizzying tower of links, not nec near yr target. Or you can just do a control + F search for a name you're looking for in there, and hit info under a promising label, sometimes get a pretty thorough commentary that way. Being of the jazzier-grass tendency, I also searched for and found clements & friends (Vassar w Grisman etc), Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan (w a line-up incl Trischka & Statman), Country Gazette etc. Blake plays w Tut Taylor alot, so check their Tut stash. Oh yeah, they also work as a duo at the Marin County Bluegrass Festival of 1974, which also involves Garcia and Grisman in various line-ups, plus Doc & Merle, Jim & Jesse, Frank Wakefield, and a monster Nitty Gritty Dirt Band set folding in several of the above and more. Can find that w no trouble athttp://smadacounty.blogspot.com He's also got lots of Garcia, w Dead and others, Townes, etc etc. See the reposts link in left rail for complete list.
― dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 18:56 (7 months ago) Permalink