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Lee Sexton


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Lee Sexton (born 1927, in Letcher County, Kentucky) is an American Banjo player from Letcher County, Kentucky. He began playing the banjo at the age of eight and is proficient in the two-finger picking and “drop-thumb” (clawhammer) traditional styles of east Kentucky. He also sings. His Whoa Mule album includes recordings from a 1952 home recording with fiddler Fernando Lusk to recordings made in 2001. Four solo songs also appear on Smithsonian Folkways album Mountain Music of Kentucky.

In 1999 Kentucky Governor Paul Patton presented Lee with the Governor’s Award in the Arts.


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  • MegazoicWizard

    Is it true that back in ought-four he and Clarence Ashley got in a knife fight over a bowl of grits?

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • stacieky

    who are you brandon? i've never heard of you in my life. i'm lee's granddaughter. seems you were trying to say the same thing on his myspace page. just curious. -stacie.

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • brandonc135

    Lee is my Great Uncle. Truly a legend! I have grown up to his pickin. Any questions, feel free to ask. Hopefully I can help get you an answer.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply

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