I'm sure the new Johnny Booker audio is going to stir some controversy. I'm not in favor of using the n-word on this site. I'm all for historical accuracy but not when it insult people, even if un-intentional. I say we drop it.
Well, thank you sir. This looks to be an interesting site with some valuable information. Like many of you, I'm involved in living history. I spend a great deal of time at Cowtown, a living history museum in Wichita, Kansas. I also do woodworking and leather work, but I love the music of the mid 19th century. I am a fiddler, mostly, but have built two banjos (one a minstrel kit from Flesher) and I'm working on a third that I hope to master as my own. It will be good to learn from this group.
I alternate on the banjo and guitar and keep the music in the realm of songs written before or during the Civil War. Songs include Rock of Ages, Amazing Grace, Angel Band, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, He Leadeth Me, Church in the Wildwood, Just As I Am, Nearer My God to Thee, and Say Brothers. I also include the wonderful stories behind the songs like Amazing Grace and Just As I Am. The CD I am working on now is filled with twelve of these tunes including one I wrote, Let Us Cross Over the River and Rest Under the Shade of the Trees. (Stonewall Jackson's last words.)
I actually got a modern banjo before I built my minstrel banjo.I didn't know much at the time(about 3 years ago)about minstrel banjo or the stroke style of playing.I assumed that the"bluegrass"or"Earl Scruggs"style was the way its always been played so I started to learn all the rolls thats taught with the Earll Scruggs way of playing.Now I really enjoy playing the stroke style and really have no intrest in learning the Earl Scruggs way at this point.I just love this music! I tell some people that my banjo will only play 19th centry music!!
Thanks for your response and for your attention to the "issue". I really hope you don't have to deal with too much of that sort of thing. It would be a shame to see you have to do that much more work because of that foolishness.