Winston-Salem author Carlson pays tribute to our state's old-time and bluegrass music, the musicians who pioneered it, and those who continue to keep it alive. Carlson focuses on Charlie Poole, Tommy Jarrell, Joe Thompson, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, David Holt, and Rhiannon Giddens, musicians who "embody the deep creativity and cultural encounters important to the evolution of the state's music traditions." To us, they're storytellers. But Carlson's in-depth coverage also tells us their stories, ballads in their own right that are worth preserving, too. -- Our State
"In her book, "North Carolina String Music Masters: Old-Time and Bluegrass Legends," Elizabeth Carlson shares the histories of seven innovative musicians who overcame hardship while making music.
For the book, she narrowed her musical focus to old-time and bluegrass, and she highlighted: Charlie Poole, Tommy Jarrell, Joe Thompson, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, David Holt, and Rhiannon Giddens.
She sought to make the book readable and also historically and chronologically accurate. For each chapter, she interviewed an expert on the musician, which she complemented with extensive research."-- Journal Now