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In Jim's own words....
I first got a taste for bluegrass when someone along the way gave me a copy of a smithsonian folkways compilation of old school bluegrass classics. I fell in love with the realness and the intricacies of the music and began seeking other records.
My friend Dan Fewings hipped me to a record that was the bluegrass bands that played at the Newport folk festival is 1963. That has Doc Watson's performance that put him on the map. Clarence Ashley, Fred Price and Clint Howard are on there as well as Jim and Jesse McReynolds and the Morris Brothers who used to play with Flatt and Scruggs. That was the first real turning point for me.
I then discovered the Seldom Scene and Cliff Waldron with their more modern take on a classic sound and realized that the possibilities are endless. John Hartford is a big influence as well.
Biggest mandolin influences would be John Duffey, Jesse McReynolds, and Ricky Scaggs.
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