Saturday, February 10, 2007

Derroll Adams, Banjo Man (folk)

Derroll Adams was a legendary folk artist, originally from the US, who settled in Belgium. A folk artist in the most traditional sense, travelling from town to town to play his banjo and tell his little stories...

A couple of months ago, I saw a music documentary about him on Belgian television. Although I'm not your typical folk fan, I was impressed by Derroll Adams' presence: a simple man playing simple music with an honest message. Especially his voice struck me. Adams' vocal style is quite similar to Johnny Cash' and though Adams' music sounds really oldfashioned and monotonous at times, his deep, mesmerizing voice gives it a real edge.

Here's a link a found to his 1972 album Feelin' Fine.

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