Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 2 The Americans
Episode #17-02 | airing 1-11-17

This week we continue our feature Fleet Fingers and examine American Fingerstyle Guitarists. American players take their influence from the Blues players but put the emphasis on softening the melodic quality of their playing while still using many of the components of the Blues. We’ll hear Merle Travis, John Fahey, Guy Van Duser, Michael Hedges, Paul Rush and many others. Fingerstyle guitar from some American masters.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Merle Travis / “Saturday Night Shuffle” / The Merle Travis Guitar / Raven
Blind Thomas (John Fahey) / “Wanda Russell’s Blues” / Fonotone Records Box Set / Dust to Digital
Peter Land / “Bituminous Nightmare” / The Thing at the Nursery Room Window / Tacoma
Leo Kottke / “Jack Gets Up” / Live / On the Spot

Guy Van Duser / “Stars Fell on Alabama” / Stride Guitar / Rounder
Willie Nelson / “All of Me” / Stardust / Columbia Legacy
Laurence Juber / “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” / Under an Indigo Sky / Solid Air
Michael Hedgers / “All Along the Watchtower” / Live on the Double Planet / Windham Hill
Merle Travis / “Walkin’ the Strings” / The Merle Travis Guitar / Raven

Tom Rush / “Rockport Sunday” / Circle Game / Elektra
Paul Simon / “Kathy’s Song” / The Paul Simon Songbook / Columbia Legacy
Joni Mitchell / “The Priest” / Ladies of the Canyon / Reprise
Mary McCaslin / “My World is Empty Without You” / Old Friends / Philo
Hot Tuna / “Water Song” / Burgers / RCA
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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