Seeger, Mike [Michael ]
- Ray Allen
(b New York, NY, Aug 15, 1933; d Lexington, VA, Aug 7, 2009). American performer, documenter, and promoter of traditional southern folk music. The son of musicologist charles Seeger and composer ruth Crawford , Mike Seeger first came into contact with folk music through the field recordings that Alan Lomax and Charles Seeger had made for the Library of Congress in the 1930s. Inspired by the sounds of the Carter Family, Dock Boggs, and Gid Tanner, Seeger taught himself to play banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and autoharp. By the mid-1950s he was playing in bluegrass bands around the Washington, DC, area.
In 1958 he joined forces with John Cohen and Tom Paley (the latter replaced by Tracy Schwarz in 1962) to form the New lost city ramblers , pioneers in the revival of early southern string band and bluegrass music. While recording and touring with the Ramblers, Mike maintained a vigorous solo career. His mastery of multiple instruments and diverse southern folk styles is evident on his ...