Tag: Lester Flatt

Lester Flatt & Benny Martin | Sparta, TN | Bluegrass Trails

“… Sparta is small-town musical Tennessee with some big-name former residents, one of which, Lester Flatt, is one of the most influential proponents of the bluegrass sound he helped to pioneer. Present-day Sparta is grabbing this association with both hands and running with it, even going so far as to brand itself as ‘Bluegrass USA’, and who could blame it if doing so is going to attract the likes of bluegrass-lovin’ us.”

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A Lester Flatt Celebration 2017 | Sparta, TN

“It’s Lester Flatt that gets all the love round these parts. And it all culminates in the free 1-day IBMA Award-winning bite-sized bluegrass bonanza held in his honour that is the annual A Lester Flatt Celebration. The central Liberty Square is cordoned off; the lights of the square’s 1930’s Oldham Theater, a true neighbourhood cinema house and one of the last reaming such edifices left in the US, truly bedazzle; the vendors are out in force; everyone is in fine and friendly fettle; and the bluegrass is of a standard one might expect given the stellar lineups the organisers seem to attract year after year.”

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We’ve a biggun birthday shout-out today, y’all! It’s a huge -- M-A-S-S-I-V-E -- happy 83rd #bluegrassbirthday to one of the most influential 5 string banjo 🪕 players of all time, legendary banjo man Bill Emerson, founding member of The Country Gentlemen, a former Sunny Mountain Boy at the height of Jimmy Martin’s career, one-half of Emerson & Waldron (with Cliff Waldron), 20-year veteran and founder of Country Current, the United States Navy Band's bluegrass ensemble, and 2019 IBMA Hall of Fame inductee, born on this day, January 22, in 1938.

Happy birthday, Bill. 🪕 🎉

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