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Old 09-03-2015, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jimmy driftwood as an american folk singer. His guitar was made at home with common supplies. I personally love Jimmy's music. His music has a sound that just can't be recreated. Many of his albums have themes. About historical events or times in history. Has anyone else ever heard of him? If so, please comment. Lastly. Does anyone know of an artist similar to jimmies style?
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Never heard of him, but after looking into his bio, I see he was a force in the folk music world. Having had Johnny Cash, Dolly Pardon, and even Les Claypool perform his tune "The Battle Of New Orleans" is a notable achievement.

Not too sure about similar artists, maybe look into some Doc Watson, or Leonard Cohen. I was gonna say maybe Slim Whitman, but he's a yodeler, or Boxcar Willie, but he's more country than folk. At any rate, thanks for bringing him up. A nice little slice of Americana.
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Never heard of him, but after looking into his bio, I see he was a force in the folk music world. Having had Johnny Cash, Dolly Pardon, and even Les Claypool perform his tune "The Battle Of New Orleans" is a notable achievement.


Not too sure about similar artists, maybe look into some Doc Watson, or Leonard Cohen. I was gonna say maybe Slim Whitman, but he's a yodeler, or Boxcar Willie, but he's more country than folk. At any rate, thanks for bringing him up. A nice little slice of Americana.
Thank you for the reply. I hope you enjoy his music, and thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Seasick Steve makes guitars out of common objects too. Some of his stuff is folky, some bluesy. Here he is:

Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks



Seasick Steve - Started Out With Nothin'

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I was gonna mention Steve, but figured he's more blues than traditional folk. Love the Steve.
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Seasick Steve makes guitars out of common objects too. Some of his stuff is folky, some bluesy. Here he is:

Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks



Seasick Steve - Started Out With Nothin'

Thanks, i ll have to listen to more seasick Steve.
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Jimmy Driftwood also wrote the song Tennessee Stud, great version on the first Circle album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed by Doc Watson.
Driftwood's song Battle of New Orleans was a number one pop and country hit by Johnny Horton(anyone remember him!) late Fifties. The melody was a tune called Eighth of January which was when the battle occurred in 1815.
Driftwood hardly known today other than by those of us who really into oldtime folk and traditional country music
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