Posted on May 31, 2005 at 12:23 AM
Any station with an interest in any sort of folk, bluegrass or roots format should find "Charlie Poole-You Ain't Talkin' To Me" an excellent way to program an hour and provide a long needed overview of one of the pioneers country music. Here's a man whose music not only sold well, but who took string band music in general and banjo playing specifically forward to pave the way for the eventual development of bluegrass, all the while living as wild a a life as any modern day music Superstar.
As an extra bonus, the show is put out in conjunction with the release of the Columbia Legacy multi-disc set "You Ain't Talkin' To Me-Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music", and features the set's cleaned up remastered sound that brings new life to the original 78's.Add commentary and musical demonstrations from Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck to a well researched and entertaining package that will shed light on a neglected figure while clearly explaining the develpoment and context of his contributions. I highly recommend this show.