Hooked on Bluegrass

Phil Campbell

When I was a teenager in Cincinnati (circa 1975), I spent most days hanging around the local music store, Famous Old Time Music. The people at the store introduced me to a lot of Bluegrass music and local personalities, including Earl Taylor. My first records were Norman Blake, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers. My friends at the store also taught me about vintage Martin and Gibson instruments.

I played no Bluegrass at all for 12 years after after moving to California, until I resumed my old habit of hanging around music stores, this time at Gryphon Stringed Instruments. Jack Tuttle led me to Sunshine and Sunshine led me to everyone else - including Rick Cornish, who took me to my first festival and also taught me how to play really, really fast. Big thanks to all my Bluegrass friends!

(posted 2/3/2008)

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