Various Artists

North Carolina Banjo Collection

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An outstanding primer and introduction to a set of regional styles that give credence to the banjo as a virtuoso instrument. Much of the music on these two discs comes from field recordings made with the aid of local players who are semi-professional musicians at best, but that consideration does not affect the overall quality of the performances. The banjo has often been held up to ridicule (as often as not by way of referencing Deliverance); this collection does a lot to redress that.

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