Wow, forgot about Ken Bloom. Thanks Sean.
Bill D. I'm really glad that you and Ferrara also think what Karras did was seriously difficult. The part that really blows my mind is that I can't figure out how he got such rapid notes with just downstrokes on a thumb pick. So maybe he actually was playing down and UP strokes with it. Maybe it's not impossible (it sure is for me) I often wondered how Leadbelly got such rapid thumb runs as well. I've seen Pete Seeger do it, but slower and more awkwardly.
Now I've really got a question. If this was a year ago I'd start a thread asking whether anyone has information on musicians who can play up and down thumb strokes, but these days I'd just get flamed, so maybe someone will see the question here.
Ebbie, beautiful song. I agree with you. I'm never gonna get all the answers, but I LOVE the questions.
Margaret, thanks. I'll check out Brian Dewan.