25 May 1936, Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA. Hall was one of eight children and his father was a bricklayer and part-time minister. Hall described the family home as a frame house of pale-grey boards and a porch from which to view the dusty road and the promise of elsewhere beyond the hills - the birthplace of a dreamer. Hall, who started to learn to play a school friends guitar at the age of 10, was influenced by a local musician who died of tuberculosis when only 22 years old, hence his classic song, The Year That Clayton Delaney Died. Halls mother died of cancer when he was 13 and, two years later, his father was injured in a shooting accident, which necessitated Hall leaving school to look after the family. A neighbour, Hurley Curtis (who was later the subject of Halls A Song For Uncle Curt), had a small, travelling cinema and Hall began to accompany him, playing bluegrass with other musicians. Curtis helped to...
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