Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A band composed of stringed instruments, or the stringed instruments of such a band taken by themselves.
“I was thinking better than “20-20 Vision and I'm Walkin' Round Blind,” an old country string-band tune she'd break into sometimes out of the blue when we were just walking down the street.”
“Rockers experiment with string-band instruments and echoes of the songs of pre-1940 rural America.”
“That first gathering included such string-band legends as fiddler Joe Thompson and bluesmen Alvin Youngblood Hart and Otis Taylor both of whom have recorded on the banjo and guitar, as well as scholars and enthusiasts.”
“As Mr. Prince explained, the roots of black string-band music are in Africa—where the banjo originated—and America, where slaves often played the fiddle for themselves or to entertain plantation owners.”
“At this performance last August, the band played a 45-minute set that included old-time tunes, blues tunes like "Big Fat Daddy" and a string-band version of the jazz classic "Afro-Blue.”
“The music has been a passion of Mr. Prince's since he first picked up fiddle as a child, and though he initially studied other styles, he always came back to the black string-band tradition.”
“Because the thing about a lot of the black string-band music is not much of the music was put down on recording, and that's a very essential part of understanding black music is hearing it.”
“They see themselves as part of the black string-band tradition.”
“He lived down the street or, I guess about a quarter of a mile away from a black string-band family by with the surname Snowdens.”
“But my guests are African-American, and they see themselves as part of a little-known black string-band tradition.”
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