The music world lost an incredible performer with the passing of folk virtuoso Mike Seeger this weekend. Seeger, best known for his work with the New Lost City Ramblers in the 1950s and 1960s, died Friday of multiple myeloma at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75. His survivors include 13 grandchildren and his famous folk musician brother, Pete Seeger.
Seeger is also known for introducing the world to his “True Vine” philosophy of American music, the interconnection of Southern blues, Appalachian folk and gospel, musical traditions he spent his career seeking to preserve.
Country Music Pride’s Elizabeth Bissette had the privilege of interviewing Mike Seeger a little while ago. You can read CMP’s interview with Seeger, his last known print interview, here.
Here’s a video Seeger performing an American classic, “John Henry,” at the Blue Ridge Mountains Music Fest. in 2007. He will be missed: