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Industrial Strength BluegrassSouthwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy$
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Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043642

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.001.0001

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Sing Me Back Home

Sing Me Back Home

Early Bluegrass Venues in Southwestern Ohio

(p.77) 5. Sing Me Back Home
Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Larry Nager

University of Illinois Press

Appalachian migrants frequented Ohio storefronts that offered a bar, cigarette machine, jukebox, wooden tables, a dance floor, stage and a three-piece band. Ruby’s White Sands, Little Mickey’s, Horseshoe Bar, Tom’s Tavern, Circle Bar and others in Dayton featured future stars such as Bobby and Sonny Osborne, Noah Crase, Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, Larry Sparks, Joe Isaacs, and Roy Lee Centers, playing fast and loud nightly around one microphone and forging an urban bluegrass sound. Performers at Cincinnati’s Ken-Mill Cafe and other early venues included Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys, Jim McCall, Walter Hensley, Vernon “Junior” McIntyre, and Benny Birchfield. Bluegrass revival fans in the 1970s went to Cincinnati’s Aunt Maudie’s Country Garden, where Katie Lauer was a pioneer female bandleader.

Keywords:   Ruby’s White Sands, Little Mickey’s, Horseshoe Bar, Tom’s Tavern, Circle Bar, Ken-Mill Café, Aunt Maudie’s, Noah Crase, Red Allen, Earl Taylor

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