Here’s an excellent LP by blues guitarist / banjoist / singer Frank Hovington (1919-1982). Hovington was from Pennsylvania but lived in Delaware. These recordings were made by Dick Spottswood & Bruce Bastin back in the summer of 1975 at Frank’s home, using a tape recorder on loan from the Library of Congress. It was released by the British Label Flyright Records in 1976. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this one lately, Hovington is an excellent singer and has a great style, or range of styles on guitar and banjo. This album was apparently reissued on CD by Rounder Records at some point, but as far as I know is now out of print. Hovington was originally “discovered” by John Fahey while John was driving around looking for old records. Mack McCormick brought him to the 1971 Smithsonian Folk Festival, but other than that Frank Hovington did not like to tour or try to play lots of gigs at that point in his life.
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