We caught up with mandolin and clarinet great Andy Statman on one of his rare tours through the Pacific Northwest. Statman had just wrapped up a master class at the University of Washington and agreed to meet us at Dusty Strings music shop.
Few people know as much about traditional American banjo styles--or play them as well--as Mike Seeger. In this extraordinary video, Mike teaches two- and three-finger picking, up-picking, clawhammer and other dominant old-time banjo techniques in a variety of tunings and regional styles.
The Roots Channel is proud to present Two Guys Named Ben.
In this series, two old-time musicians, Ben Townsend and Ben Guzman, cycle across the United States playing music with friends, interviewing their heroes, and documenting the folks they meet along the way.
Exclusive to Roots, this series combines music, traditional crafts and culture, and a one-of-kind cast of characters just along the next bend in the road.
While in Eggleston, Virginia, the Bens catch up with Ben Guzman’s sister, Sabra Guzman, and talk about their roots in Southern California and what brought them to Old-Time. Sabra plays a rendition of "The Lonesome Pine Special" on her trusty Gibson guitar.
Traveling down the New River, the Bens roll into Galax, VA, and learn about the musical history of the area from Tom Barr, of Barr's fiddle shop.
2 Guys Named Ben begin their journey in Augusta, West Virginia with Paul Roomsburg at "The Cabin." Paul and his cabin are a center for community and music in the region, bringing people together and opening a space for folks to learn Old-Time tunes.
The Queen Family represents one of the last pure strains of authentic Appalachian tradition. Sheltered by the forbidding and rugged landscape of Jackson County, North Carolina, their community has retained a keen sense of its own history. Mountain tradition, and the closeness of family and neighbors, are here expressed in exuberant folk music played together with family and neighbors, outdoors on the porch. The songs come in many forms, from many sources. By and large, they are folk songs, telling stories and offering entertainment, instruction or consolation.