Rounder Records Presents:
All songs written by Tut Taylor except
"The Old Shoemaker" by Norman Blake and "Daisy
These sound clips are in RealAudio format. The RealAudio medley files contain about 60 seconds from several songs on the album with a total length of about 2 to 2 -1/2 minutes. You will need a RealAudio 5.0 or later player to listen to these files.
Although these are high resolution RealAudio clips, they are not CD quality. The quality of the sound clips was compromised in order to make them small enough to download. Also, the original recording is in stereo, normally with Tut on one side and Norman on the other. These sound clips are in mono, to reduce their size by half, and as a result they lose some of the clarity of the original recording.
"Friar Tut" sound clips in
"It was decided to use just the guitar and Dobro on the album on account of just good picking being presented. No attempt was made to cover up imperfections or mistakes. They, too, are important. Tut used David, his 16-year-old son, on ["Me and My Dobro" and "Southern Filibuster"].
"A word about Norman Blake, who plays the guitar, mandolin, Dobro, fiddle, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, and most anything else that has strings. It's Tut's opinion (based on good ole time picking and listening over the years) that Norman Blake is one of the finest guitar pickers alive today and is destined to go down in history as having no equal. It was a pleasure having him. We all hope you enjoy the picking herein as much as we all did."
Arlo Buck, 1972
More Liner Notes
"During a 1988 interview I asked Tut of which [recording] he was most proud. Without hesitation he said: 'Friar Tut'. Everything was right. I was probably doing some of my best picking then.' I agree. this recording shows Tut at his best. This one is a good sampler of his stylings along with some good picking by friends Norman Blake and Sam Bush. For example: Tut's unique flatpicking. He learned that way as he didn't know any better - Tut's bluesy style, some of the best you'll hear - Tut's songwriting, 15 of these 17 tunes. I checked five of Tut's albums and found he had written 35 of the 60 tunes! - Tut's mandolin is the only known 1923 Lloyd Loar A body.
"Tut has never admitted to any musical preferences. When asked who and what he likes best, the answer is simply 'I just like good music.' I think his favorite sounds are blues. And, I also think that all you acoustic music lovers will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this treat from one of the master Dobro innovators. Even those tunes that are not so bluesy."
© Copyright 2009 R. A. Taylor