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This is the place for those of us who love Norman Blake! Feel free to comment on Norman's technique, albums, instruments, philosophy, concert performances, or anything else that is Norman related.

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Comment by Peter J larsen on August 27, 2008 at 9:53pm
I m listening an collecrting normans music ( 33 lp) for
a long time. He can play it all, if he wants, amazing fast
and very tasteful( live at Mc cabes) He is best alone or
in a very small group I liked his old martin D 18
the Hawaian model
peter
Comment by Gary Foster on August 31, 2008 at 11:07am
Norman is "The Man". Although Doc was my early favorite.
I have more Blake CD's than any other picker.
Comment by Chad Fette on August 31, 2008 at 1:55pm
"I liked his old martin D 18
the Hawaiian model"

Yep, I like it too. I've got a video where he plays it quite a bit. I also really like the 12-fret D-38 (1934) he used to play in the late 70's/early 80's. It had a great amberburst!
Comment by Jim Yates on September 15, 2008 at 2:33pm
Don,
I'm another Blake fan from north of the border.(I assume you mean Canada.) My sons are now thirty-two and I have a picture of them soon after coming home from the hospital and one of Norman's album covers is in the background.
I discovered him as a side-man on the Morning Bugle album and soon after bought his Home In Sulpher Springs album. I still play that album regularly.
Comment by Mike Mancini on September 20, 2008 at 2:16pm
Norman is the reason I got into flatpickin. Whiskey Before Breakfast started it all for me many years ago but my attempts to play his songs were feeble back then. Then I saw him a few years ago with the "Down From the Mountain" tour and it motivated me to get serious about playing. Time and a lot of practice got me to the point where I can do a reasonable facsimile of some of his stuff.
Hell, I even named my HD28VS "Norman" :)
Comment by Rich O'Connell on October 1, 2008 at 3:20pm
I've been a big Norman fan for a long time, after I herd the Rising Fawn String Ansamble album it was all over, I especially like the Over the Waterfall-Cherokee Shuffle track
Comment by Terry Barnes on October 3, 2008 at 3:07pm
I first heard Norman's Whiskey album during a break in a big jam , while i was learning to play a banjo, back in '78 (seriously!) The record came on the host's turntable and Arkansas Traveler had me spellbound! I was simply hooked for life. During the next few yrs I leaned several of Norman's tunes , copying his rhythm/lead together style best I could and actually got the feel of it . To this day I enjoy picking Norman's music more than any other flatpicker's. It's just so homey and non stressful. It gets in your soul and takes you back to another era. Long live Norman Blake's music!
Comment by Bill Startz on October 18, 2008 at 4:35am
I hadnt explored here much.. just found this group.
Norman is a one of a kind player .One of my favorites indeed. And a fine dude to boot. We have had the honor of hosting Norman and Nancy twice at our fest in Missouri. The second time along with James and Rachel Bryan..
Here is a clip from his and Nancys show in 2006..

Norman and Nancy at the Peaceful Bend

Bill
Comment by Jim Yates on October 22, 2008 at 1:25pm
Thanks for posting that Bill. Do you have any more?
Comment by Bill Startz on October 22, 2008 at 2:54pm
Howdy Jim,
We got Normans ok to put a couple songs out.. I was told Norman saw these clips on the web at a relatives just lately, and liked them, so I sent copies of the show to him.. It is an awesome nite .. They are posted on the Americana Fest page , down near the bottom .
In 07 Norman came by our camp and hung awhile.. Evaluated my D28CW and my Dove. The year before , after his show, I was so fired up I went back to the hut and started playin all the Norman breaks I had learned from Chris Walz at the Old Towne School . Before you knew it I was callin the medley Normans March on Steelville. So I got to play it for him.. I dont think he was too impressed, but he is a kind man !
Anyway, enjoy the clips.

Bill

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