Music You Don't Know You Like Yet
To have Steve Earle's endorsement in the sphere of folk and country music is an accomplishment in itself, but to have him say that you are "the greatest old-time banjo player alive" (and "a badass") is quite another thing entirely. Enter Dirk Powell, the recipient of this glowing praise, who has been playing music rooted in Appalachian tradition since he learned guitar, banjo and fiddle as a child from his father and grandfather; in addition to this, he plays 7 other instruments (including the diatonic button accordion) and has studied Creole and Cajun styles. Powell has collaborated with the likes of Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez, Jack White, and Kris Kristofferson. He also composed the music for the 2003 film Cold Mountain, on which Jude Law attested, "Hearing Dirk play fiddle on the set of Cold Mountain, it felt like my work as an actor had already been done for me."
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