J.D. Crowe & The New South
|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
James Dee Crowe, 27 August 1937, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. A very talented banjoist, Crowe gained his fascination for the instrument when Flatt And Scruggs were resident on a Lexington station. He attended their daily shows and watched Scruggs intently. He did building work by day and played locally in the evenings until, in 1955, he toured with Mac Wiseman. Also touring with them were Don Reno And Red Smiley, and Crowes playing benefited further from this association with Reno. Between 1956 and 1962, he played and recorded with Jimmy Martins Sunny Mountain Boys. In the mid-60s, he formed his Kentucky Mountain Boys, which included Red Allen and Doyle Lawson and recorded for Lemco. In 1971, he decided to adopt an electrified sound and formed his New South, which included Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas. They first recorded for Starday but it was their 1975 album from Rounder Records that was later described as the most influential bluegrass...