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The Best of Jack Pine Style
The Andresen Guitar Group

“Had the celebrated Southern flat-pick guitar hero Doc Watson been born on a farm near Duluth, he might have come up with something akin to the deeply rooted yet inventive and Old World yet thoroughly Upper Midwestern sound the Andresen Guitar Group delivers—a sound as warm as a thermos of coffee in a deer stand, as bracing as a dip in Lake Superior.”
—James P. Leary, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Robert Andresen (1937–1995) lived in the Duluth-Superior area and was a leading force in documenting, performing, and promoting old-time music in the Upper Midwest. Born into a musical family of Norwegian immigrants, he was a radio and record producer, festival organizer, field researcher, and most of all a skilled guitar player who drew upon his love of country and blues music, Scandinavian and Slovenian polkas and waltzes, and lumber camp fiddling to create innovative adaptations of accordion and fiddle tunes for flat-picked guitar.

This CD collects eighteen of the best tunes of the Andresen Guitar Group. Just as Southern string bands turned “hillbilly” slurs topsy-turvy, the Andresen Guitar Group artfully counters taunts that dwellers in their region’s timbered hinterlands are “Jack Pine Savages.”

The Andresen Guitar Group—with Bob and his son Gary on twin lead guitars, son Tim on string bass, and sister-in-law Penny Perry on rhythm guitar—performed throughout the Upper Midwest in the late 1980s and early 1990s, were featured at the Smithsonian Institution’s 1991 Festival of American Folklife, and recorded three cassettes.

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The cover of the Andresen Guitar Group's CD is a black and white photo of a stand of trees in winter.

September 2010

5 5/8 x 4 7/8

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Music CD $16.00 t
ISBN 978-0-924119-08-8
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