John Hartford

Following on from the Steam Plane here’s a little more on the banjo picker in the introductory video.  You may not know him but there is no doubt you have heard this song he wrote which became a hit for Glen Campbell.

From Wikipedia

John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937 – June 4, 2001) was an American folk, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore.

As well as being a talented songwriter, banjo picker and fiddle player he had a habit of tap-dancing while he was singing and playing as you can see:

He once said that royalties from Gentle On My Mind gave him the security to indulge himself with a steamboat on the Mississippi river.

So without any further interference from me, enjoy this short video of Hartford as a Steamboat captain.

God bless you John Hartford, the world is a poorer place without you.


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7 comments for “John Hartford

  1. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 11:19
  2. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 11:25

    More of that New Orleans Jazz

  3. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 11:35

    A lovely old tune, and a singer I’ve never heard of.

  4. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 11:40

    Oh look, it’s The Jazz Misanthropes.

  5. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 11:50

    Here’s a more forceful female singer with another fine old song.

  6. dearieme
    September 29, 2010 at 13:14

    The chantoosie on this old favourite of mine is Josephine Garrison.

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