Free Book Friday! Music From the True Vine

Update 4:19 pm: And our winner this week is Maggie Baker! Congratulations, Maggie. I’ll email you for shipping instructions. Matt, thanks for playing (and tweeting about it!).

Happy Friday everyone! And even happier because you get a chance to win a free book. It’s our monthly Free Book Friday giveaway, and today’s book is Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life and Musical Journey, by Bill C. Malone. Music From the True Vine is a biography of Mike Seeger, famed folk artist who made an impact in the American music scene as a solo artist and as a part of the New Lost City Ramblers. He also collected, preserved, and shared the work of other folk musicians, both black and white, giving voice to the artists from whom the American folk revival borrowed its songs.

How do you get a free copy? Before 4 p.m. EST today, comment on this post and tell us who is your favorite folk artist and why, whether it’s Mike Seeger, one of the earlier musicians whose legacy he helped preserve, or someone more recent who has inherited that legacy. At 4:00 this afternoon, we’ll select one commenter at random to receive a free copy of Music From the True Vine.

The fine print: we’ll add all commenters to our music email list, so you’ll be notified when we publish or have a sale on music-related books.

Check out this video of Mike Seeger playing one of his hits “Freight Train”

Check back in at 4 p.m. and we’ll publish an update to announce the winner. Aaaaaaand go!


  1. This book looks wonderful. I’d have to say that my favorite folk musician has to be Etta Baker, the Piedmont blues guitarist from western North Carolina. I just love how she seemed to become the torch carrier for the Piedmont playing style long after it had fallen behind delta blues in popularity. Her playing is so distinctive–it sounds like she’s turned her guitar into a piano–and her recordings are as much fun as any folk records out there.

  2. Thanks for doing this! My favorite folk artist right now is Riley Baugus, a living old-time musician who I particularly admire for his clean, rich clawhammer banjo technique. His love for the Appalachian old-time music tradition goes a long way — he makes hand-crafted instruments, has worked as a welder and blacksmith, and sings in the style he learned from singing unaccompanied hymns in his Baptist church. Baugus is a rare example of someone who has made a living in old-time music: he was involved with the music of Cold Mountain and the album “Raising Sand,” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, as well as many other successful musical projects. I am grateful and happy that he has dedicated himself and contributed so much to old-time music today.

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