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Sep 27, 2022 - 2:41:30 PM
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DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007

This piece aired today about Arnold Shultz, the African-Amercan fiddler and guitarist, who apparently influenced not only Bill Monroe but also the Kentucky thumb picking guitarists like Merle Travis.
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/09/27/black-bluegrass-legacy

Edited by - DougD on 09/28/2022 05:47:47

Sep 27, 2022 - 3:38:22 PM
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DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007

Not sure if that link works. Might try this: wbur.org/radio/programs/hereandnow/archive
In any case, it was a segment on the WBUR program "Here and Now" today.

Sep 27, 2022 - 5:15:28 PM

LukeF

USA

112 posts since 10/15/2019

Thanks for sharing this. Coincidentally, I started reading Bill Monroe's autobiography last week titled "Can't You Hear Me Callin' ", and the book does mention the relationship between Arnold Schultz and Bill Monroe. Monroe does credit Schultz for introducing blues music to him.

Sep 27, 2022 - 5:34:55 PM

DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007

"Can't You Hear Me Callin'" by Richard Smith, is an excellent book about Monroe, but not an autobigraphy. I knew him slightly, and have heard stories from some former band members. He was certainly a compelling person, and I'll bet just about everybody who encountered him has a story to tell about it.
If you're interested in him, checkout out the interview with Kenny Baker I linked to late in this recent thread: fiddlehangout.com/topic/57139/6/#580285

Sep 27, 2022 - 8:02:52 PM

13888 posts since 9/23/2009

Interesting...I've heard of that guy but I always thought his last name was Kennedy.

Sep 27, 2022 - 10:34:36 PM

LukeF

USA

112 posts since 10/15/2019

Doug:

You're correct. I had a senior moment. The book is not an autobiography. Maybe a "biography" would be a more appropriate word? You knew Bill Monroe? How cool is that!

Thanks for the Kenny Baker link.

Sep 28, 2022 - 2:00:44 AM
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DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007

Peggy, you're thinking of Kennedy Jones, who was the grandaddy of the white thumpickers from that region. Here's an article with a lot more about Arnold Shultz: bluegrassfoundation.org/2020/1...realized/
His influence on Monroe has been known at least as long as I've been interested in Bluegrass - I just thought it was neat (and surprising) that he'd made it to NPR.

Sep 28, 2022 - 5:35:18 AM
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Earworm

USA

398 posts since 1/30/2018

Here's another article about Shultz: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/09/27/black-bluegrass-legacy, and a podcast on this subject from historian, and musician (of course) Rhiannon Giddens: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0017tgx

Sep 28, 2022 - 5:51:01 AM
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DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007

That's the program I mentioned to start this thread, but a better link. I've updated my original post. Thanks, Earworm.

Sep 28, 2022 - 8:04:29 AM
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Earworm

USA

398 posts since 1/30/2018

DougD Oh dear, well I'm glad there was some contribution at least. I guess I got tangled up in my links to share. Also, Giddens' podcast is really worth a listen. She has been doing some amazing work.

Edited by - Earworm on 09/28/2022 08:05:16

Sep 28, 2022 - 8:38:38 AM

RobBob

USA

2876 posts since 6/26/2007
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Arnold Schultz has been on my radar for many years for his mentoring of Monroe and Travis. Travis, as well as Ike Everly, were both heavily influenced by Schultz. I have interviewed musicians who played with black neighbors on a regular basis, because they were good musicians. The music was just music, the record label A&R men divided the music for sales purposes dependent on social norms. For them it was all about the dollar. Another Ike, Ike Zimmerman is now held as the man who taught Robert Johnson guitar. Johnson was only recorded playing blues but he also played pop tunes and country material. So the Black and White of it isn't so black and white. Good music is good music.

Incidently I heard a great jam with Monroe, Kenny Baker, Ralph Lewis playing one time about 50 years ago with a black harmonica player named Charlie if my serves me well. They played old jazz and pop material.

Edited by - RobBob on 09/28/2022 08:41:09

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