Personalities | J.D. Crowe | Bluegrass | Country
(Banjo, guitar, vocals, b. 1937)
James Dee Crowe was just a 19-year-old kid from Kentucky when he was hired by Jimmy Martin in 1956. By 1966 he had developed a banjo style that combined Earl Scruggs’ tumbling roll with Martin’s bouncy pulse. The line-up of Crowe, Bobby Slone, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas made only one album, 1975’s J. D. Crowe And The New South, but it was an influential classic that introduced three of the most important pickers of the next generation and a new blend of bluegrass, folk-rock, and country-rock. Crowe has pursued that new/old blend ever since.
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