Cover for godbey: Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe. Click for larger imageOn October 2, J.D. Crowe’s hometown newspaper, the Lexington Herald-Leader, featured a review of Marty Godbey’s new book Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe.

“Early chapters outline apprenticeships with bluegrass icon Jimmy Martin and even a one-night fill-in gig with Bill Monroe. Mostly, though, we witness the quest of the young Crowe, who subscribed to the work regimen of many budding artists, especially the more industrious ones. . . . Godbey, who died unexpectedly in December, should be applauded for fitting the many parts of Crowe’s vast musical life neatly together to tell the refreshingly straightforward saga of one of Central Kentucky’s most justly celebrated bluegrass pioneers.”

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