R.I.P. — J.D. Crowe, 84

Saturday, Dec, 25th — RollingStone magazine

J.D. Crowe, a pioneering banjo player with his progressive bluegrass group the New South, died Friday morning, according to a post on the musician’s Facebook page. He was 84.

“This morning at around 3 a.m. our dad, JD Crowe, went home,” Crowe’s family wrote. “Prayers needed for all during this difficult time.”

Tapes of the two-show kick-ass August 15, 1975 performance at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA:

Internet Archive source here
Bluegrass Archive source here

J.D. Crowe & The New South McCabe's Guitar Shop - Santa Monica, CA August 15, 1975 SPPS Anonymous Cassette Tape #349

Transfer by Keith Kreider 02/05/2019

Source Info:
Unknown Cassette:Nakamichi ZX-7 > Sound Devices Mixpre-6 @ 24/96

Side A:

  1. (x) Old Home Place
  2. You Don’t Know My Mind
  3. Salt Creek
  4. God’s Own Singer
  5. Some Old Day
  6. Flint Hill Special
  7. Dark Hollow
  8. I’m Walkin’
  9. Nine Pound Hammer
  10. Nashville Skyline Rag
  11. Devil In Disguise (end of first set)
  12. (Ricky Skaggs Talk)(start of second set)
  13. Sally Goodin

Side B:

  1. East Virginia Blues
  2. The Wild Horse of Stony Point (Skaggs-Crowe fiddle-banjo duet)
  3. Freeborn Man
  4. Sin City
  5. Beaumont Rag
  6. Why Don’t You Tell Me So
  7. Take This Hammer (Flatt & Scruggs Imitation)
  8. You Are What I Am
  9. Fireball Mail
  10. Flying South To Dixie
  11. Train 45
  12. Born To Be With You
  13. Bugle Call Rag (x)

Cassette Tape #349 features a kick-ass August 15, 1975 performance by the classic incarnation of J.D. Crowe & The New South (J.D. Crowe-banjo, Tony Rice-guitar, vocals, Ricky Skaggs-mandolin, vocals, Jerry Douglas-Dobro, & Bobby Slone-bass), at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA, soon after the release of their groundbreaking Rounder LP, “The New South”. While the tape is labeled as also containing a 1963 performance by Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, this material is not found.

Bluegrass/Newgrass doesn’t get much better than heard here.

–Mitchell Wittenberg

L - R: Tony Rice, Curtis Burch, Dan Crary, J.D. Crowe, John Cowan, Sam Bush

(photo taken at Bickel’s place Dec, 2008 during our rendezvous celebration)

:thumbsup Thanks for sharing great stuff! :cheers