Hooked on Bluegrass

Ken Seaman



As a pre-teenager in the early 1950s I loved listening to classic country music and often ordered 45rpm records from the Jimmy Skinner Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The records sold for 99 cents each and if you could scrape enough money to order three at once, you received one free record (Jimmy’s choice).

On one of my orders (containing recordings by Hank Snow, Webb Pierce and Carl Smith) a free 45rmp changed my whole idea of how music was supposed to sound! It was a dynamite recording by Connie and Babe & the Backwoods Boys – side one was “Roll on Blues” and side two “The Lonely Waltz.” This was classic bluegrass and I played the record over and over eventually wearing it out!

The following year I discovered Flatt & Scruggs on their weekly 8pm Grand Ole Opry slot and I became officially hooked on bluegrass music and have continued to be for over a half-century!

(posted 2/12/2010)


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