Norman Blake •www.somagency.com/NormanBlake/ • Blake left home, quitting school at age 16, to play mandolin in his first band, The Dixie Drifters, on the WNOX ‘radio barn dance’ out of Knoxville, then on TV in Rome, GA. In 1956 he hooked up with banjo player, Bob Johnson, with whom he made some recordings and had several guest spots on the Grand Ole Opry. Norman was drafted, and while stationed as a radio operator in the Panama Canal, he formed a bluegrass band. Once home, Norman taught guitar and commuted to Nashville to play sessions. He found a place in June Carter’s road band which led to recording sessions with Johnny Cash which began a 45 year friendship and musical relationship. Then, in 1969, an offer to be in the house band for Johnny Cash’s television show moved Blake to Nashville. That’s when his talents really became valued by country-folk royalty: he played guitar and dobro on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline album, he toured and recorded with Kris Kristofferson and then Joan Baez, he teamed up with John Hartford, Tut Taylor and Vassar Clements to make the progressive and influential Aereo Plain album. About the same time, he was invited to take part in perhaps the most important summit of country, folk and bluegrass music of the era, 1973’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Norman Blake, Flatpicker
Norman Blake / Church Street Blues
Norman Blake / Tony Rice / Doc Watson – Salt Creek
Tony Rice & Norman Blake – New River Train
Norman Blake – Nashville Blues
Norman and Nancy Blake, Boys of the Lough – Sweet Sunny South
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