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Norman Blake


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Chattanooga TN, United States (March 10, 1938 – present)

Norman Blake (born March 10, 1938 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a Grammy-nominated instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter who has played in a number of folk and bluegrass groups.

When Norman was one year old, his family moved to Sulphur Springs, Georgia where he was raised. Although known as one of the most prominent acoustic guitar flatpickers of his day, Norman Blake is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Other instruments he plays include the mandolin, 6-string banjo, fiddle, and banjo.

Blake is best known for his work with John Hartford, Tony Rice, and his wife, Nancy Blake. He has played backup for June Carter, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Joan Baez. Blake also played on The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album, Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
Blake is listed in the credits of the Bob Dylan album Nashville Skyline and the Johnny Cash album Orange Blossom Special. He was featured on the multi-platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, which ignited new interest in bluegrass music. Blake participated in the “Down from the Mountain” tour which resulted.
Blake has written songs that have become bluegrass standards, such as “Ginseng Sullivan” from Back Home in Sulphur Springs. He has produced 32 albums, sometimes teaming with Tony Rice, and at other times with his wife, Nancy Blake. He has recorded on the Rounder, Flying Fish Records, COUNTRY, Takoma, Shanachie, Western Jubilee, Red House Records, and Plectrafone labels.


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  • KuriousBanana

    Blake's is the best ever version of "You Are My Sunshine" - period!

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
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    22 May 2011 Reply
  • bones2flesh

    Norma Blake is my hero

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • phant0menace99

    This guy is showing up as Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake on Last Fm. Also, have the same problem with the indie shoegaze band Eternal, that rubbish r&b outfit with the same name are showing up!!!!!!

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SheDisappear

    his version of "you are my sunshine" is so beautiful.. :)

    24 Jul 2009 Reply
  • tropicalrobot

    lookout for norman blake's (teenage fanclub norman that is) "baby lee". there's a bbc live recording floating around. and it is awesome!

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • yusukexyz2425

    my dear old song in my highschool days about 50 years ago.

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Zodiac_Killer

    His rendition of You Are My Sunshine is so damn amazing.

    1 Jan 2009 Reply

    i'm a metal fan, but i can't ignore this great stufffffffffffffffffffffffff.

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Phillyzero

    Great stuff.

    20 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Not to be confused with his Glaswegian namesake of Teenage Fanclub fame, of course!

    15 May 2006 Reply

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