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If we were to adopt a new national anthem this would be my nominee.  The current one is fine, but it’s good to remember that it too came from a folk tradition.  What I love about this song, and what I love about America (but also drives me crazy sometimes), is its orneriness and high spirit.  And there ain’t no one more ornery and high-spirited than Jimmy Martin, the self-proclaimed “King of Bluegrass.”

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