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Progressive Bluegrass and Other Instrumentals, Vol. 1

Roger Sprung

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A classic album of newgrass - before its time

Roger Sprung was a veteran of the Greenwich Village bluegrass and folk scenes in the 60s before anyone outside the country knew much about bluegrass. He predates the Greenbriar Boys, the Seldom Scene and other revivialist pioneers. Occasionally abraisive by reputation, Roger did not endear himself to the bluegrass establishment, but on this album he enlists the services of Doc Watson who plays astonishing licks and seems to be having a wonderful time playing outside the lines. Doc Watson has never been better and that alone would be reason enough to get this CD. Sprung's banjo technique is unique and flashy, and he plays jazz and classic tunes with the same flourish. I searched for this album for a long time before finally coming across it here.

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Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s

The way he plays the banjo, his last name might describe the condition his wrist might end up in after a typical gig. Roger Sprung is proud to be part of a small New York-born fraternity of banjoists, most likely to separate them from the horde that frail and hail from the Appalachian area. At the same time, Sprung's roots in the New York City music scene go way down into the buried depths of the folk music scene, and a progressive acoustic trio that was something like a version of Kingston Trio,...
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