Jont Blevins – FRC117

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Jont Blevins (1900-1995) was a clawhammer banjo player from the Whitetop area of Grayson County, Virginia.

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Description

From the collections of Thornton Spencer, Emily Spencer, Flurry Dowe, Andy Cahan and Blanton Owen

Jont Blevins (1900-1995) was a clawhammer banjo player from the Whitetop area of Grayson County, Virginia. He learned primarily from Emmett Long (born in 1886) who was the great uncle of Albert Hash (see FRC 411). In his younger days, Jont played music with Corbett Stamper (see FRC 306). He was acknowledged by the oldtimers as being one of the best at the old clawhammer style of the area. Jont was very generous with his knowledge of the music and passed it on to younger banjo players who carry on his style including Flurry Dowe, Emily Spencer, and Dee Dee Price. He made no commercial recordings but was recorded by Thornton and Emily Spencer, Flurry Dowe, Andy Cahan, and Blanton Owen. Thanks to them for preserving the recordings heard here. – Kilby Spencer 

Track List

FRC117 – Jont Blevins – Grayson County, Virginia Banjo Player

  1. Cumberland Gap (0:55)
  2. Cluck Old Hen (1:01)
  3. John Hardy (0:43)
  4. Shortenin’ Bread (0:49)
  5. Variations to Shortenin’ Bread (0:35)
  6. Cripple Creek (0:47)
  7. Sourwood Mountain (0:58)
  8. Casey Jones (1:07)
  9. Soldier’s Joy (0:47)
  10. Johnson Boys (0:53)
  11. Black Eyed Susie (0:39)
  12. Cumberland Gap (1:05)
  13. Groundhog (0:54)
  14. John Henry (0:50)
  15. Johnson Boys (1:58)
  16. Reuben (1:51)
  17. Rambling Hobo (1:48)
  18. Old Jimmy Sutton (1:16)
  19. Reuben (1:31)
  20. How Jont learned to play (talk) (1:52)
  21. John Hardy (1:10)
  22. Cripple Creek (1:30)
  23. Cluck Old Hen (0:56)
  24. Johnson Boys (1:17)
  25. Old Jimmy Sutton (0:42)
  26. Reuben in low bass (0:51)
  27. Shortenin’ Bread in low bass (1:11)
  28. Rambling Hobo (1:39)
  29. Cripple Creek (1:02)
  30. Old Molly Hare (1:18)
  31. Black Eyed Susie fragment (0:47)
  32. Casey Jones (1:17)
  33. Old Molly Hare (2:21)
  34. Old Jimmy Sutton (2:24)
  35. Sourwood Mountain (1:41)