Norman Blake

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Noah talks with Norman Blake, who is celebrating his 60th birthday today. He's also celebrating the release of his 26th recording, called "Chattanooga Sugar Babe". He plays all the instruments on the CD: guitar, banjo, fiddle, Hawaiian steel guitar. Blake was born in Tennessee and raised in neighboring Georgia, and the music he heard as a child on 78s and the live radio broadcasts of that era shaped his tastes for all time. He remains dedicated to old ways, and old music and poetry. The songs he writes today come across as authentic traditional compositions from decades ago.

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