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Biography

  • Born

    10 March 1938 (age 81)

  • Born In

    Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States

There is more than one artist with this name, including:
1) Norman Blake is an American bluegrass guitarist;
2) Norman Blake is a Scottish musician who is a member of Teenage Fanclub and has recorded as Jad Fair & Norman Blake and been one-half of the duo Jonny.

1) Norman Blake (born March 10, 1938 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American Grammy-nominated instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter who has played in a number of folk and bluegrass groups including Norman Blake & Red Rector and Norman Blake & The Rising Fawn String Ensemble. He has also recorded as Norman & Nancy Blake and as Norman Blake & Tony Rice, Norman Blake and Tut Taylor, Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien, and Norman Blake & Peter Ostroushko.
When Blake 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, 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.

2) Norman Blake (born 20 October 1965 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter in the Glasgow-based band Teenage Fanclub. He has also recorded as Jad Fair & Norman Blake and been one-half of the duo Jonny.

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