August 29 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roger Sprung

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roger Sprung, August 29, 1930, is one of the founding fathers of the folk music revival of the 1950’s in New York City. His deft adaptations of Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo picking to a broad range of musical material earned Roger the title of ‘The Godfather of Newgrass banjo”. He is a master of not only of Bluegrass banjo, but also clawhammer style. His influences include Dixieland Jazz, Celtic and English folk music, classical music, and boogie-woogie, along with Bluegrass and Appalachian old-time music. Roger has many recordings, both with The Progressive Bluegrassers and with other artists. Five of his albums are on the Smithsonian-Folkways label and are considered classics.

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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

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