This post is a contribution from Niall Toner, a popular bluegrass singer, songwriter and radio personality in Ireland. His reports from IBMA ’07 will air on Ireland’s RTE Radio One on 12/26-27 at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
A Christmas memory for the blog: Odd as it might seem, three or four of the most influential recordings in our house when we were youngsters, arrived around Christmas time on different years. Stranger still is the fact that after a half-Century, every Christmas day, these are the same records we still listen to!
They include LPs [you remember them!/vinyl] from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Bill Monroe!
Even today, when young enthusiasts ask me for advice on getting to know the music, I can still recommend these four …….