17 June 2011

'Speedy' Krise, dobro pioneer

Thanks to Colin Henry, who reports:

The recent death of Speedy Krise (9 June 2011) marked the passing of a true dobro pioneer. He was a dobro player whose style was intermediate between the old-time style of Pete Kirby ('Brother Oswald') and the 'bluesy' bluegrass of Buck Graves ('Uncle Josh'). Buck Graves in fact acknowledged him as an influence. He recorded in the late 1940s with Mollie O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks.

With Brother Oswald and Uncle Josh already gone, it is sad to mark the passing of yet another influential player of the resonator guitar who helped show the way along the road that leads to Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, and beyond.

More on Speedy Krise can be seen on and via the original Bluegrass Blog.

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