10 questions for Baby Gramps

I would like to meet some of your colorful characters. I played on the street for years and met many hobos. Here’s one experience. Pete the hobo wrote down a song for me and then showed me his pencil. It was sharpened down to the eraser, and the eraser was not used. He asked me if I knew why. He said it was because he never made a mistake. I have collected hundreds of hobo and train songs that I would like to publish some day.

5. Sometimes your style of playing that National steel guitar seems to echo African music; for instance, sometimes it strikes me as sounding like a mbira (thumb piano) or the kind of stringed instruments our modern banjo comes from. Do you listen to African music? Or am I just off base on this one?

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