Farewell to Jim Lansford
It is with a heavy heart that I report to you that singer and multi-instrumentalist, Jim Lansford of Galena, MO lost his battle with cancer October 30, 2012.
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Among the many strengths of traditional music is
its capacity to evoke a sense of place, culture, or particular time.
Jim and Kim Lansford view the American rural musical tradition not
merely as a collection of antique voices who have had their say,
but rather as living voices that continue to speak--with an abiding
and often peculiar kind of power.
Many signposts have marked the Lansfords'
musical passage. These remain rich, persistent sources of inspiration: the
songs and tunes gathered by Missouri and Ozark collectors; old-time
fiddlers and the tunes that reflect southern and mid-western traditions;
field recordings of Lomax and many others; and finally, the commercial
recordings of old-time country duets, southern string bands, country
blues, and traditional bluegrass.