North Carolina-born Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a multi-talented musician and folklorist with an extensive repertoire of Appalachian music. So extensive, in fact, that he is credited with contributing more material to the Archive of Folk Song than any other performer. Equally important as the breadth and depth of his repertoire, though, is Lunsford’s skill as a performer. He is an engaging and energetic vocalist and musician, and his recorded performances are consistently excellent.
There is a worthwhile collection of Lunsford’s material on the Folkways record Ballads, Banjo Tunes, and Sacred Songs of Western North Carolina.