Pete Seeger

Washboard Band: Country Dance Music

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Pete Seeger serves as recording supervisor for an album of country dance music played by a five-piece "washboard band" consisting of himself on five-string banjo, Sonny Terry on harmonica, Brownie McGhee on guitar, Frank Robertson on bass guitar, and William Edward Cook on washboard. McGhee, Robertson, and Cook constitute the rhythm section, over which Seeger and Terry play melodies and take solos. The selections are familiar ones from the repertoires of Seeger and of the team of McGhee and Terry, the differences being that this time there are no vocals and the focus is on the lively tempos. The players listen to each other, but this is not a strictly rehearsed ensemble, by any means. The recording is more of a picking session at which the performers take off and continue playing until they run out of steam. That may make the music appropriate for dancers who want to stay on their feet until they can't go on anymore.

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