Butch Robins Presents-Blue Grass Music, its Origin and Development as a Unique and Creative Art Form.
Posted by Bud Bennett of Radford University
For those of you who don’t know Butch Robins, he has been a professional banjo player for most of his life and has played/toured/recorded with most everyone you have ever heard of in that genre. Names like Bill Monroe, New Grass Revival, Leon Russell, Don Reno, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Alan O’Bryant, John Hartford, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, the list could go on and on and on.
Butch is also an avid golfer, a walking-encyclopedia and an armchair philosopher. He is also a mad genius one minute and a kind gentle soul the next and he lives his life with whichever passion strikes him at the moment. He is a fascinating person and has been a musical influence and one of my musical heroes for a very very long time. I am happy to call him a friend. Butch very generously gave up a lot of mornings to sit and talk to us and to give an amazing history of Blue Grass music complete with audio examples, live banjo playing, first and second person accounts of the people and places important to the story and humour. We filmed these talks and have edited them together in 6 videos for people to watch. I am amazed and really quite blown away every time I look at them. Have a look folks, there is a lot to see here.
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