January 31, 2009 |
Steve Martin has a reputation as one of the toughest interviews in the entertainment business. He's known for clipped yes-no responses to questions about the making of his latest film, his thoughts on the art of comedy or, especially, his personal life. But bring up a subject that's near and dear to his heart -- like, say, the banjo -- and he's a different guy.
August 30, 2001
Bjork, "Vespertine," Elektra Krayzie Bone, "Thug on Da Line," Loud Butthole Surfers, "Weird Revolution," Surfdog/Hollywood Toby Keith, "Pull My Chain," DreamWorks Nashville Roger McGuinn, "Treasures From the Folk Den," Appleseed Brian McKnight, "Superhero," Motown Nickelback, "Silver Side Up," Roadrunner John Phillips, "Phillips 66," Eagle Puddle of Mudd, "Come Clean," Flawless/Geffen Eric Sardinas, "Devil's Train," Evidence Slipknot, "Iowa," Roadrunner Sparklehorse, "It's a Wonderful Life,"
June 7, 1989 |
Two California musicians are among the American folk artists named as National Heritage fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts. Jose Gutierrez of Norwalk, a Mexican jarocho player, and Richard Hagopian of Visalia, an Armenian oud player, will each receive $5,000 fellowships and be honored during two days of ceremonies in late September in Washington. The other honorees include celebrated banjo player Earl Scruggs, a German-American concertina maker from Minnesota and an elderly quilter from Missouri.
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October 6, 2006 |
Josh Graves, 79, whose bluesy Dobro adorned hundreds of bluegrass and country records, died Saturday in Nashville after a long illness. Born Burkett Howard Graves in Tellico Plains, Tenn., "Uncle Josh" was one of only a few professional Dobro players in the 1950s when he joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys.
December 19, 2007 |
Lifetime achievement Grammy Awards for 2008 will go to performers whose careers span more than seven decades and cross genres from big band and classical music to rock and country: Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman, Burt Bacharach, the Band, Doris Day and Earl Scruggs. In addition, the Recording Academy announced Tuesday that its Trustees Awards will go to Elektra and Nonesuch Records founder Jac Holzman, Memphis, Tenn.
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January 26, 2005 |
Art Stamper, 71, a leading fiddle player who performed with the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, died Sunday in Louisville, Ky., after a four-year battle with throat cancer. A member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, Stamper was a native of Hindman in eastern Kentucky and a longtime resident of Shepherdsville, near Louisville. His father, Hiram, was an accomplished old-time musician, and Stamper followed suit at age 9.