HAPPY BIRTHDAY Nancy Blake born, Jun 11, 1952 along with her husband, Norman, have released a long string of solo and duo recordings and garnered multiple Grammy nominations. Nancy plays guitar, cello and mandolin, and together, they sing in harmonies that call to mind another time.
She was born Nancy Short in Independence, MO. She took up cello at 12 and moved to Nashville, where she performed on the instrument with the Nashville Youth Symphony. In 1972, Nancy and her band, Natchez Trace, opened a show for virtuosic acoustic picker Norman Blake, who had performed with such luminaries as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. The performance led to a partnership, which in turn led to marriage. Eventually, Nancy moved on from cello to instruments such as the fiddle, acoustic guitar, bass, and accordion. In 1986, Nancy’s first solo recording, Grand Junction, was released on the Rounder imprint. Nancy went on to accompany Norman on many Grammy-nominated releases throughout the 1990s, such as Just Gimme Somethin’ I’m Used To (1993) and Hobo’s Last Ride (1996). In 2001, she performed with her husband at the landmark O Brother Where Art Thou concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie