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Norman Blake

January 11, 1974 OH513


Guitarist. Born March 10, 1938. Known for his flat-picking guitar style and as a musician in the style of traditional American music. His recording credits include the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s historic album Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

Interview Summary

1974 January 11
Printed transcript only. Audio recording not available.
Performer Norman Blake talks about his musical career, focusing on his guitar work. Discussion includes his early musical influences and interest; his early professional work with Hylo Brown; working with Johnny Cash; his interest in fingerstyle guitar; his professional work during the 1960s; his guitars and playing style; and how his background in old-time country music has helped his career.

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