Shortly after Leonard Glenn built me a fretless banjo, I was invited to spend some time with him and his family learning some mountain music. Of course, I did just that and a beautiful friendship grew from that visit. Leonard was a superb storyteller as well as old time player and we enjoyed many hours telling and playing. On my final night there, the entire family got together and played - dulcimers, fretless and fretted banjos, guitar, and stories were told. This was one of the most wonderful and magical nights of my entire life and the memory of which I will treasure always. And it's a good thing I have the memory, because the tape I made of that night has been lost...or it is in one of those notorious, "safe places."
The gentle kindness I experienced while visiting these high-country folks is, I feel, reflected in their music. I have always admired the work Sandy and Caroline do in preserving this music and, more importantly, getting out there to be heard - what a valuable and worthwhile contribution to mankind. Thanks Sandy and Caroline!
"It Still Lives" was handed to me on a cassette and I still have that copy. It is a collection of several different old time players, including Leonard and his cousin, Presnell. There are no notes with the cassette, but I will try to find out some information and post it here.