Skip to Main Content

Growing Up with Bluegrass in South Georgia

Georgia

Story Narrative:

"What traditional music is celebrated in your town? I suppose it depends on who you grow up with in my town . . . Just growing up in the house and listening to the radio, it was really old country music on the 8-track stereo so old George Jones and Hank Williams Senior sometimes Hank Junior, Marty Robbins . . .  really great stuff. In church, definitely was a whole bunch of Southern Baptist hymnals, which funnily enough also kind of merged with Bluegrass which is kind of the thing that a banjo player would play at our church.

During the 4th of July celebration, they would have bluegrass pick offs, with bluegrass banjos and they would have cloggers too, which were basically like the Lords of the Dance, except they are in those dressers made out of tablecloths, and they were hoping around on their clogging shoes. So, it was kind of like the whole soundtrack to 'Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?', which is fantastic except when you’re 16, and you don’t want to live in that city, and you’ve been listening to INXS and Poison [laughs], all you want to do is go play some Iron Maiden and jam and drive a car real fast, but looking back as an adult it was pretty neat . . .”

Media Files: