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Thread #64982   Message #1191553
Posted By: Mark Clark
22-May-04 - 01:35 PM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
I thought it was time to refresh this wonderful thread again and to mention in passing that I've now heard Steve Rector, the guitarist GUEST referred to above, play and he is indeed a wonderful player. Steve Rector was among the performers at last weekend's Tribute to Merle Travis: National Thumbpicking Guitar Contest at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Steve referred to the Taylor flattop cutaway he was playing as a “poverty box.” He has found no way to make a living playing Travis (Kentucky Thumbpicking) style acoustic music and spends most of his time playing a Telecaster behind a country band.

Sad to say, he's probably right. There were only three or four hundred people in the audience Friday night for the concert. Considering the concert featured some of the best thumbpickers working today, I expected to see a much larger crowd.

      - Mark