Mudcat Café message #1999253 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #99539   Message #1999253
Posted By: PoppaGator
16-Mar-07 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
Subject: RE: Oldtimers who just keep on keeping on
Some of the most amazing stories, to me, are those of the oldtimers who were "rediscovered" in the '60s and began their real careers, in the big-time limelight for the first time after lifetimes of obscurity, at fairly advanced ages: Libba Cotten, John Hurt, Skip James, all those other blues characters, and then the whole country contingent, Bascom Lunsford, the Stanley Brothers, etc.

In many cases, these musicians were notable enough in their youth to record a few sides just before the Depression hit and sent them back to the farms and factories, and they (presumably) kept up their chops as complete amateurs for decades and decades until some young kids who had heard their long-forgotten recordings suddenly showed up, heaped adulation upon them, and brought them to the big city for a long belated helping of fame and fortune.

What great, true stories!

I know this happened over and over again in the US in the mid-60s. I know they had the Depression on the other side of the ocean, and similar folk revivals also occurred much later and roughly simultaeously, too. So I have to wonder if there are similar stories in the folk-scene histories across the pond...