New Essex Bluegrass Band: Bluegrass Memories

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When Dixon Smith joined the band, not only did he bring a lifetime of bluegrass experience, but also a scrapbook of photographs taken in the 1960s of some of the greats of bluegrass. Until now they had languished unseen in an album. Higher-resolution versions of these photographs are available from Dixon Smith. All these images are copyright © Dixon Smith.

Earl Scruggs at Carnegie Hall

Earl Scruggs tuning his banjo Dixon took this photograph of Earl Scruggs tuning his banjo in his dressing room at New York's Carnegie Hall in the spring of 1964. This was the second time Flatt & Scruggs had appeared there.

Bill Keith and Jim Rooney

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Dixon took these photographs of Bill Keith and Jim Rooney at a picking party at the University of Connecticut in early 1965.

Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys

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Dixon took these photographs of Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys at the first Warrenton, Virginia, Bluegrass Festival in July 1966. Bill Emerson plays banjo, Vernon Derrick plays fiddle and Bill Yates plays bass. The snare drum is played by Jimmy's son, Timmy Martin.

Jim & Jesse and The Virginia Boys

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Dixon took these photographs of Jim and Jesse McReynolds at the Warrenton festival in 1966. Bobby Thompson had just recently replaced Allen Shelton on banjo.

The Osborne Brothers

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Dixon took these photographs of Sonny and Bobby Osborne at the Warrenton festival in 1966. Dale Sledd plays guitar.

Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys

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Dixon took these photographs of Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys at the Warrenton festival in 1966. Peter Rowan plays guitar, Richard Greene plays fiddle, Lamar Grier plays banjo and James Monroe plays bass.

Flatt & Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys

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Dixon took these photographs of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys at the Warrenton festival in 1966. Paul Warren plays fiddle, Josh Graves plays dobro, Earl Taylor plays mandolin and Jake Tullock plays bass.

Jimmy Martin, Sonny Osborne and Bobby Osborne offstage

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Dixon took these photographs after their performances at the Warrenton festival in 1966. It is said that the Osborne Brothers liked to be paid in cash, and Sonny has a fistful of notes in the photo; perhaps that's why they look so happy!

Carlton Haney's Berryville Bluegrass Festival

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Dixon took these photographs of Bill Monroe (with Kenny Baker on fiddle, Vic Jordan on banjo, Roland White on guitar and James Monroe on bass) and Ralph Stanley (with Curly Ray Cline on fiddle, Larry Sparks on lead guitar and singing and Melvin Goins on rhythm guitar) in September 1968 in Berryville, Virginia.

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