More on the magic window of the late 60’s through the late 70’s that helped folk music enter the popular mainstream. In 1971, Robert buys a pink, 1954 Lincoln Capri and drives into the heart of Appalachia, continuing his search for the Wild Dulcimer.
Robert discussses hitchiking back from Berea, KY, to Belingham, WA to “woodshed”. He re-enrolls in college and begins to pursue an academic understanding of the roots of the instrument and the culture– enter Dr. Dulcimer!
Robert recounts traveling to Berea, KY in 1969 and meeting Jean Ritchie, Edna Baker, Homer Ledford. Explores the culture shock of being from the Northwest encountering the Southern culture. Discusses the beginnings of In Search of the Wild Dulcimer.
1969. Robert hitchhikes 3000 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Staunton, Virginia to find Paul Clayton and learn about Appalachian music. Can’t find him. Calls Jean Ritchie and finds out from her Paul has died. What next?, he asks her.