Renaissance of the Steel String Guitar


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A World Without Guitars

It is hard to imagine a world without guitars.  And in fact, from antiquity, the world has had the guitar and its cousins and its predecessors.  But by 1952, the acoustic guitar in America, and especially the steel-string guitar, was looking over into the abyss.  Fortunately there were even then a few heroes who really played the thing and kept it from a worse obscurity.  But in those days the only people really playing the steel-string guitar were Hank Snow, sometimes Merle Travis, and a few other rare guitar players whose main instrument was often something else.  Of course the country musicians played rhythm and the blues players made great music that was bottled up in the Ghetto of the the radio “race” stations,” but in general, the steel-string guitar was one of the most deeply obscure instruments in the world.


1. Senso Unico
2. In Flagrante
3. An Druimfhionn Donn Dilis, Toss The Feathers (Trad.)
4. Banderilla
5. Lobelia Blue
6. Hot Pursuit
7. Cape Foulweather
8. Reedie’s Blues
9. Rusticity (Crary & Oskay)
10. The Fermoy Lasses. The Man of the House (Trad.)
11. The Jig Is Up (Bob Leon)
12. E Lucevan Le Stella (Puccini) (Arr. Crary, Oskay, Leon)
13. On the Fritz (Based on Liebesleid by Fritz. Kreisler and A Hungarian Dance by Brahms)

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Weight .3 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 x 5 x .3 in
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