Description: Tom Norman performs "Backstep Cindy," left-handed on a right-handed banjo, with Chester McMillian on guitar at the Fancy Gap Elementary School, Fancy Gap, Virginia. Norman, McMillian, Whit Sizemore and Audine Lineberry (who can be seen in the background) were members of the Shady Mountain Ramblers. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew, July 23, 1983.
About the session: Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray Hicks, Nimrod Workman, Tommy Jarrell, and Raymond Fairchild, the man reputed to be the fastest banjo player in the world.
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