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Appalachian Journey/American Patchwork Series MB98007VX $24.95

In this video veteran ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax informally guides you through the Smoky Mountains to discover how a mix of British and Afro-American cultures, urban influences, and contact with the Cherokee resulted in the regions unique blend of ballads, legends, hand-made toys, and square dancing. Visit the birthplace of country music and its creators, meeting moonshiners and Kentucky miners, not to mention an array of expert dancers, banjo pickers, fiddlers, and guitarists. Hear Davy Crockett favorite yarn and Frank Profill's original version of the Ballad of Tom Dooley. Trace the growth of Southern mountain music from the primitive mouthbow to red-hot bluegrass bands, witnessing how the music is a natural extension of the storied lives of the Appalachian people themselves. Performers include: Tommy Jarrell, Stanley and Ray Hicks, Bob and Laurence Eller, A. Mae Hinton, the Thomas Brothers, Frank Profitt Jr. and Raymond Fairchild.

Doc Watson - Rare Performances 1982-1993 MB95456VX $24.95

This video features performances of Doc Watson ranging from his 1950s musical partner, pianist Jack Williams, to his son Merle (seen playing exquisite slide guitar), Ricky Skaggs (singing and playing mandolin in a Monroe Brothers style set), and a stellar stringband featuring Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, David Grisman and Jerry Douglas. This collection ends with a solo set from Doc which brings his music full circle to the straightforward simplicity with which it was first presented during the 1960s folk revival.

Legends of Flatpicking Guitar MB95453VX $24.95

In this 90-minute video, Doc Watson appears in a half a dozen performances, ably supported by the late Merle Watson in one segment and by Jack Lawrence in the others. Norman Blake and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble purvey both Celtic roots and country branches with equal conviction, while Dan Crary, the eclectic Californian of this crowd, makes even the 'squarest tune (Turkey in the Straw) an adventurous new experience. Tony rice appears in a variety of settings, ranging from an evocation of the old-time country 'brother duo' (Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin and sings high harmony) to a kicking contemporary bluegrass ensemble (Tony Rice Unit) to a cooking all-star jam on the 'new acoustic' fringe (jamming with Tony are Sam Bush, mandolin, Mark O'Connor, fiddle, Bela Fleck, banjo, and Jerry Douglas, dobro). The video includes a free 18-page booklet featuring biographical material, rare photographs, and details on the tunes.

The Guitar of Chet Atkins MB96018VX $39.95

This video offers you something unique and powerful--a guitar lesson taught by CGP (Certified Guitar Player) Chet Atkins. Addressing intermediate and advanced fingerstyle guitarists, Chet performs and describes in detail, phrase by phrase, the playing of nine of his classic arrangements. Split-screen techniques allow you to carefully study both his left and right hand movements. Your teacher for this lesson is one of the foremost fingerstyle guitar masters in the histor of the guitar. Have fun! 84 minute video.

Delta Blues Cajun Two-Step MB96781VX $24.95
This second volume of footage shot by Alan Lomax at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival digs deep into the roots of African-American music, serving as the perfect complement to the first volume, Devil Got My Woman features Skip James, Son House, Bukka White, Ed and Lonnie Young, Alphonse Ardoin, and Canray Fontenot.
Legends of Bottleneck Blues Guitar MB95232VX $24.95
Presents rare 1965 to 1970 footage of some of the greatest exponents of bottleneck blues technique. Features Son House, Johnny Shines, Fred McDowell, Jesse Fuller, Furry Lewis, and Mance Lipscomb. Includes free booklet of biographical material.
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