Frazier/Patterson/Lusk Band

Altamont: Black Stringband Music

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Altamont: Black Stringband Music from the Library of Congress captures recordings from two African-American string bands -- the John Lusk Band and the duo of Frak Patterson and Nathan Frazier. Both groups illustrate that the divisions between country and blues in the early 20th century wasn't necessarily as great as some histories will have us believe. The John Lusk Band's recordings date from 1946-1949 and are renditions of dance songs like "Apple Blossom" and "Across the Sea." The Patterson and Frazier recordings date from 1942, and the material is generally folk standards and original in the same vein, such as "Corrine" and "Po' Black Sheep." Both groups were performing long before they were recorded and though these tracks were cut after the group's peak, they are still valuable historical documents.

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