Recently, my friend Wyatt Stone asked me to volunteer as an emcee at the California Traditional Music Society’s Solstice Festival. One of the acts on my stage was Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz. Ginny is a wonderful singer of traditional Appalachian songs and a great interpreter of old country numbers as well as those written by her good friend, the late Hazel Dickens. Tracy was one-third of The New Lost City Ramblers along with Mike Seeger. He and Ginny performed a Carter Family number during their set with Tracy picking the guitar in the style of “Ma” Maybelle Carter. After the show I cornered Tracy and asked him for a few pointers on my Carter Family picking. He was gracious enough to oblige and now I have been fortunate enough to get pointers on my Carter Family playing from two of the New Lost City Ramblers.
Here’s a clip of Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz along with third Rambler, John Cohen performing “Gold Watch and Chain.”