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Thread #64982   Message #1066571
Posted By: Mark Clark
06-Dec-03 - 02:52 AM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
I don't think the article is recent. Justa evidently copied the article from this page at the Roy & Marianne Lanham web site. The Lanham page contains identical formatting and the same paragraph flow errors as in Justa's posting.

Roy Lanham, mentioned in the article as a colleague of Merle's at station WLW in Cincinatti, is a world-famous guitarist in his own right including his work with The Sons of the Pioneers.

The Lanham site contains another great article by Rich Kienzle that appeared in Guitar Player Magazine in March of 1987. That article begins:

Merle Travis once said, "I get out a couple of Roy Lanham albums and play them. Then I listen to some of my recorded efforts and come up with this sort of remark: 'Dadblame, buddy, that's awful!'"

Travis, the father of the fingerpicking style that bears his name, always minimized his own vast talents, but his comment on Lanham's abilities is no exaggeration. Lanham, who has served the Sons Of The Pioneers for 25 years, is only the second guitarist in the group's entire 52-year history. What many western music fans don't realize, however, is that Lanham is also a jazz guitarist of impeccable taste…
It's great to be reminded of wonderful musicians like Lanham, Atkins, Travis, Rager and Everly. The ability and contribution of these musicians goes far beyond what most of us will ever appreciate. This music came straight out of aural tradition and needs to be preserved along with other great music. And if my own ear is any judge, Justa is doing his part to see that it's remembered.

      - Mark