The Best of Jack Pine Style

Robert Andresen (1937 95) 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.