Hooked on Bluegrass

Chris Carney

When I was back east in high school in the early 60's, our neighborhood drugstore had LP's for sale. The first bluegrass album I bought there was The Scottsville Squirel Barkers. I wore out two copies of it. I was hooked on Bluegrass at that time but it wasn't until years later that I finally got to play it.

Buffalo, NY had a lot of folkies (of which I was one) at that time but no bluegrassers that I knew of. When I got to California (mid 70's), I found myself with a banjo (Don't ask how I ended up with one. I can't remember), some extra time and a few extra bucks so I decided to take some lessons. I went to Family Light Music in Sausalito, (Marin County) and got lessons from Rick Shubb. He moved away and I ended up with Barbara Mendelsohn (original Good Old Persons) taking old time banjo lessons at the 5th String in San Francisco. I was also working with John Pedersen, the great old time fiddler and banjo player at Amazing Grace Music at the time. That's when I got really hooked.

A few years later I took up the fiddle and a few years ago the mandolin. I truly love the music and just can't seem to get enough of it. I played in The Round Oak String Band (featured in the motion picture "The Howling"), in the late 70's, early 80's and formed The Acme String Ensemble with Steve Wharton and Michael Harmon, in 1988.

(posted 2/3/2008)

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