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March 5, 2003 11:18 AM   Subscribe

I was at his birthday party last year. Free beer and fried catfish on a hot Nashville night. Unforgettable.
posted by mikrophon at 11:27 AM on March 5, 2003

Another story from this week's Nashville Scene.
posted by mikrophon at 11:36 AM on March 5, 2003

You left off the Gangs of New York soundtrack! Thanks for the links, hopefully someone will pick up where he left, but if not, I suppose the cane fife will go the way of the hurdy-gurdy.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:37 AM on March 5, 2003

The best part of his birthday party was the little girl, I guess she was his great-granddaughter or some other relation, who roamed the crowd playing along with the band. Maybe she'll carry the cane fife torch.

Although I can't remember if she was playing fife, snare drum, or some of both. Either way, she was pretty amazing.
posted by sklero at 1:05 PM on March 5, 2003

HOLY CRAP! My week is ruined.

Note: if he is dead, he is not a "surviving" cane fife player.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:16 PM on March 5, 2003

Cag Young is another surviving fife and drum musician.

For the flavor:

The Land Where The Blues Began is a Vestapol video with Napoleon Strickland's Fife and Drum band, available at better libraries and video stores everywhere. Delta Blues & Cajun Two-Step features performances by and an interview with Ed and Lonnie Young, also fife and drum legends.
posted by y2karl at 3:39 PM on March 5, 2003


That's the first time I've ever done that. And . . . (Slaps self, says to shut the hell up, already, since it's a moment of silence here.)
posted by raysmj at 8:43 PM on March 5, 2003

dobbs, you've certainly created a fitting tribute to the man and his music with all the great links you've posted - thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:51 PM on March 5, 2003

Wow. That's eerie. Turner was featured just on Monday, on the first of Radio 4's series on the history of the blues: Deep Blue. His fife playing was like a lancet into the bloodstream of a lost generation. He'll be missed.
posted by riviera at 3:36 AM on March 6, 2003

Along these lines, people might be interested in Sugar Belly Walker, a Jamaican musician (d. 1990) who invented and played the bamboo saxphone. I first heard him on a fantastic oddball CD (and also book) called Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones.
posted by LeLiLo at 7:12 AM on March 6, 2003

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