"Ability to play the banjo soon places one in a social position to pick and choose from scores of social invitations. Everywhere, the banjoist is assured of a hearty welcome..."

from THE BANJO, a 1927 pamphlet published by Gibson, Inc.

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Learn About Old Time Music:

YouTube is a treasure trove of documentaries about old time music, some of the old players and some of the new. Here's just a few:

Sugar in the Gourd, (1978), WV Public Broadcasting
Featuring Sherman Hammons

Where the Twisted Laurel Grows, (1976), WV Public Broadcasting
Featuring Lilly Mae Ledford 2:55; Tommy Jarrell 10:06; Red Clay Ramblers 18:27 (Bill Hicks, Tommy Thompson, Mick Craver, Jim Watson, Jack Herrick)

Alan Lomax Archive
Many videos of old players, including Tommy Jarrell, Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley

Films by Les Blank
including Tommy Jarrell

Melvin Wine's 89th Birthday Celebration
Featuring Melvin Wine, Phoeba Parsons, Wilson Douglas, Diane Jones, Reed Island Rounders, Bobby Taylor among may others.

Folkways: Music of Surry County
David Holt explores how Surry County North Carolina came to have world-wide influence in Old Time Music.

The Makings of a Master, Traditional Kentucky Fiddling (Clip)
Featuring master fiddler Roger Cooper and apprentice Michael Garvin.

West Virginia Heritage Music, from the WV Archives & History
A presentation by Bobby Taylor

Songs of Appalachia
Fiddler Mike Bryant.

Songs of Appalachia
Fiddler Charlie Acuff.

Clifftop (2008)
a documentary about the Appalachian String Band Festival

Morris Family Old Time Festival (Preview), 1972
a documentary about the Morris brother's old time music festival held at their farm in Ivydale, WV, from 1969-1973.