David Grisman Quotes
I met a guy named Ralph Rinzler who you may be familiar with. He was the mandolin player in a group called the Greenbriar Boys. He also discovered Doc Watson, produced a lot of records for Folkways and ran the Newport Folk Festival for a few years and he ultimately purchased Folkways Records for the Smithsonian Folk Life Institute. He was quite an amazing guy. He was a neighbor of mine in New Jersey. He was taking art classes in my mother's art class there. I met him when I was young. He was my big influence. He came into a junior high school English class with a guitar, banjo and mandolin and it basically changed my life.
It was around that time, early 60s. There were like three kindred spirits in New Jersey. I had two friends who played folk music, old-time music and bluegrass and we started a little band called the Garret Mountain Boys.
Well, Peter Rowan and I had plans to form a band when he left Bill Monroe. I always thought it was going to be a bluegrass band, but I guess when Peter left Bill Monroe he had had enough of bluegrass. He had written some songs and of course the Beatles were a big influence back then. So, we decided to something different and it ended up being that.
David Grisman (about Earth Opera)
Category: Music Quotes