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The Folkswingers

Post  pinhedz on Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:24 am

Who were these masked men (what were their secret identities)? Suspect

And did they really play folk? Suspect


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Post  felix on Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:39 am

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p33538/biography

... the Folkswingers did an album on the World Pacific label in 1963, 12 String Guitar!, on which a pre-stardom Glen Campbell's 12-string guitar playing was backed by three members of the Dillards (Rodney Dillard on guitar, Doug Dillard on banjo, and Dean Webb on bass).

The Folkswingers made at least 2 more albums: 12 String Guitar - vol 2, and Raga Rock.

Did they play folk? Dunno. Someone out there in the interwebs reckons The Folkswingers had absolutely nothing at all to do with folk music or with swing either ..... What do you think? I can't find anything from the 12 String albums online. The 1966 Raga Rock is easily accessed.

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:32 pm

I'm going to vote yea--that they are folk (unless the rule is that to be professional is to be folkless).

The Dillards will be the Dillards, and Glenn Campbell, whatever one might think about his commercial hits, was a heckuva fine picker.

That record does seem to have become very scarce.

I stumbled on it one time when I was searching for Leo Kottke records, two of which happened to be named "12 String Blues" and "6 and 12 String Guitar."

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:50 pm

Seems a bit odd to record a sitar rock album and then attribute it to the same fictional group that made the first record. scratch

On the other hand, if the Beatles could turn onto Sergeant Pepper's Band, and 1962 Dylan could turn into 1966 Dylan, the Folkswingers' transformation was no more radical.

And I didn't know that there was a volume 2 with the original band members:


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Post  felix on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:06 pm

As you say, pinz: team The Dillards with the quality picker that is/was Glen Campbell and the output has a fair claim to be called 'folk' (the material choice doesn't detract, either).

You probably knew - but Capitol chose to team Glen with The Green River Boys for his first ever LP release (under the GRB's moniker), the also very rare 1962 Big Bluegrass Special. I found a rip of the LP online recently - and it really is a fine album.

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