Morgan Sexton: Bull Creek Banjo Player by Anne Johnson (Review)

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Morgan Sexton: Bull Creek Banjo Player by Anne Johnson (Review)

by Wayne Martin
Southern Cultures, Inaugural Issue: 1993

1/2" video format, 28 minutes, color. Appalshop Inc., 306 Madison Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858.

Morgan Sexton (1911-1991)—logger, miner, and musician—lived all of his life in the coal country of southeastern Kentucky. As a boy, Sexton sang ballads and love songs learned from family members and local musicians. He also mastered a two-fingered method of picking the banjo that predated bluegrass. His playing style proved well suited for rendering instrumental dance tunes as well as accompanying his expressive singing.