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Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '50s

The outlines of Pete Steele's life are sketchy, at best. A Kentucky banjo player, he is know to have spent nearly 20 years working in the Harlan County coal mines. Somewhere along the line he developed a unique two- and three-finger picking style on the banjo, as illustrated by the field recordings he did for Alan and Elizabeth Lomax in the 1930s, shortly before he moved to Hamilton, OH, where he began to make his living as a carpenter. He recorded an album called Banjo Tunes & Songs for Folkways...
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