16 August 2019

Mike Seeger's last banjo documentary - out next month

Yesterday would have been Mike Seeger's eighty-sixth birthday, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings announce that Just around the bend: survival and revival in southern banjo sounds, the last documentary recorded by Mike Seeger, is due for release on 20 Sept. 2019 and can be pre-ordered.

The project comprises two CDs with a total of forty-three tracks by nineteen musicians, an eighty-page book, and a DVD which (like the CD set) runs for 110 minutes. A brief trailer can be seen here. The Smithsonian Folkways news release includes a link to a Bitter Southerner article on the banjo (mentioned on the BIB a year ago).

The release refers to Mike Seeger as 'one-third of hunky '50s boyband the New Lost City Ramblers'; similarly, it later refers to the 'unknown and underappreciated singer/ songwriter Robert A. Zimmerman'.

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