Our late friend Mike Seeger liked to describe the kind of music rural Southern families played at home with each other as “music from true vine” – songs and sounds which blended hundreds of years of British traditions with equally ancient African traditions to create a music heritage uniquely American.
Author Bill C. Malone has chronicled Seeger’s life and work in his new biography of the Rockbridge County resident, Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life and Musical Journey.
The Folklife Program and the Virginia Festival of the Book will host a special evening with Malone with some of Seeger’s friends and favorite musicians on Wednesday evening, March 21. James Leva, Danny Knicely, Aimee Curl, and Elizabeth LaPrelle will be joining Malone and Alexia Smith at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville.
The free program kicks off at 7 pm at The Haven, 112 West Market Street in Charlottesville. An Old Time Jam, hosted by the Charlottesville Friends of Old Time Music and sponsored by RoseWood Village and Davenport and Company, concludes the evening.
- James Leva and Jon Lohman stopped by WTJU FM’s Walk Right In on March 6th to share some memories and songs they associate with Mike. Listen to the podcast including some recording of Mike from the Prism Coffee House.