10 March 1938, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Norman Blake is a singer-songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist. He plays dobro, mandolin, mandola, fiddle and viola, but is especially respected for his flat-picking acoustic guitar playing. When he was a baby, the family moved to Sulphur Springs, Georgia, and he grew up in an area where old-time traditional and country music was very popular. He later wrote the songs for his debut album from his childhood memories of life at Sulphur Springs. Blake first played guitar at the age of 11 and, far more interested in playing music than attending school, he left Trenton High School at 16 to play mandolin in a group called the Dixieland Drifters, who appeared on radio in Knoxville and Chattanooga, as well as on television in Rome, Georgia. He played traditional Appalachian music and recorded an album of old folk tunes with Walter Forbes. In 1960, Blake toured with June Carter and played dobro and mandolin with Hylo Brown...
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