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Noah Crase
Born:  December 10, 1934
Died:  April 13, 2010
Brown County Jamboree

About The Artist

Want Ad - Bluegrass Banjo Taught By Noah Crase - Dayton, OH - September 1973 Noah Crase was an Appalachian-born Kentuckian whose family migrated to Ohio during his childhood He became one of the earliest bluegrass banjo pickers after Earl Scruggs to develop his own style. A mail man in Springboro, Ohio by occupation, Crase was seldom a full-time musician, working evenings and weekends in clubs and at festivals. He won wide praise for his original tune "Noah's Breakdown."

Ironically, Crase recorded little if anything under his own name. The earliest recordings-including his signature tune-were made with Dave Woolum's band. Although recording with Woolum, he was never a part of his band. He also recorded with Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, and perhaps other southwest Ohio musicians. In the mid-1950s, Noah spent two brief stints with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, but made no recordings with him.

By the seventies when long play albums became more common, Crase played longer stints with the Nu Grass Pickers and was the first banjo picker with the Aubrey Holt-led Boys from Indiana. Unlike many bluegrass pickers who played clubs only from necessity, Crase possibly like Red Allen, seemed to prefer working in the hillbilly bars that provided work for aspiring pickers. Noah eventually retired from the postal service and died at the age of 75.

Promo Ad - Haspin Acres Blue-Grass Festival - Noah Crase - Jimmy Martin - Ralph Stanley - Red Allen - Jim and Jesse - July 1974
Promo Ad - The Dayton Bluegrass Reunion - Memorial Hall - Dayton, OH - Noah Crase - Larry Sparks - Frank Wakefield - The Osborne Brothers - Red Allen - April 1989

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