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Bill C. Malone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835104

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869406_malone

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The New Lost City Ramblers Creating the Old-Time Music Scene

The New Lost City Ramblers Creating the Old-Time Music Scene

(p.77) 4 The New Lost City Ramblers Creating the Old-Time Music Scene
Music from the True Vine

Bill C. Malone

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the years Mike Seeger spent in Washington where he got a job at Capitol Transcriptionist in 1959. Although Mike never forsake bluegrass, here he became familiar with the music of the Country Gentlemen, which was influenced by jazz, rock, popular, country, and other music genres. Mike made use of his years with Capitol to popularize bluegrass. Meanwhile, Mike, along with New York musicians John Cohen and Tom Paley, formed the New Lost City Ramblers. Their first LP was released by Folkways in January 1959. In July 1959, about a year after the Kingston Trio of “Tom Dooley” fame made folk music extremely popular, the Ramblers got their break when they appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. In December of the same year, Mike married Marjorie (Marge) Ostrow. In 1960, Mike quit Capitol Transcriptionist and in the same year, the career of the Ramblers took off. This was followed by several gigs at important music festivals around the country. The Ramblers were now becoming immensely popular and young musicians from universities and folk music clubs began to emulate their style of music. This was also the era of the Beat generation and with the appearance of the Beatles in 1964, interest in folk music seemed to have gradually ebbed. Several gigs and albums later, the Ramblers recorded their last official album in 1975.

Keywords:   Washington, Capital Transcriptionist, New Lost City Ramblers, Folk Festival, marriage, Marge Ostrow, Beat generation, the Beatles, bluegrass

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