PBS will air Ken Burns' latest documentary The Dust Bowl on November 18 (part one) and November 19 (part two). I have seen it and highly recommend it. This is a story of people who endured incredible hardships and yet maintained a grim determination to survive — and they did! Dayton Duncan wrote the screenplay and the producer allowed survivors to tell of their experiences — their stories are compelling and the photos and old film clips are chilling!
The guitar I am playing in the photo on the home page of this site is a Model 24 Martin Guitar, circa 1857. It is a gem with a big and balanced sound. The back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, the top is German spruce, the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony, and the neck is cedar.
The first true American Idol-ish "Pop" superstar was not a recording artist (recordings had not been invented at the time), he was not an entertainer - though he could play and sing well, most Americans never heard him do either. He was a songwriter. He burst onto the scene in 1847 with his first hit song called "Oh Suzannah". His name was Stephen Foster.
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