There was a deacon there who played banjo. His sons were my age, so I found myself over at their house and heard them playing bluegrass in their living room. That was 34 years ago. That’s when I decided I wanted to play the banjo. One thing led to another, and I started learning upright bass, mandolin and then guitar. Guitar is what I play mostly these days. I didn’t know I would do that for a living, that’s for certain.
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The Juilliard Of Bluegrass Music
Carr, a professional bluegrass musician who has taught here since 1984. ”I’m just a little farther down the road than they are.” That attitude has helped the bluegrass and country music program at this two-year college in West Texas grow from one professor working out of a converted broom closet in 1975 to a degree program today that has 25 faculty members, more than 700 students and its own building. It’s the finishing school of choice for many bluegrass and country musicians, and the only place where they can get a college degree in their music. ”We jokingly say we’re the Crude Arts,” says John Hartin, who started and chairs the program. ”After all, we’re playing steel guitars, banjos, fiddles and so forth. We specialize in the forms of American music that most educational institutions haven’t been interested in: bluegrass, Southern gospel, blues, old-time country, Western swing.” Most of the students study bluegrass and country music; bluegrass is a hard-driving acoustic style of country music played on string instruments that emphasizes virtuosity. But under the banner of the Commercial Music Department, students can also study rhythm and blues, Tejano (which has attracted Hispanic students), gospel, rock and jazz.
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Bluegrass Music Festival continues
Floyd was able to move old buildings and mule-drawn equipment onto the land. Some of these buildings date back to the early 1900s. He and Fannie began renovating the buildings, being careful to keep the old style and character of each building intact. The buildings are now being used for cabins, reunion halls, old stores and other places of business. Floyd then built a 10-foot water wheel which would power a grist mill.
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