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John Hartford

Hartford, a highly original singer-songwriter who was known for his witty lyrics and unique vocal style, made his mark early, writing “Gentle On My Mind” for Glen Campbell. He played his own style of banjo and fiddle, often while clog dancing, with a number of different ensembles, but is perhaps best remembered for his solo performances in which, from one song to the next, he would switch from banjo to guitar to fiddle. His knowledge of river lore was well-known, and he was musically obsessed by steamboats and life along the Mississippi.

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