Rock Dust

Morgan Sexton

Rock Dust

Release date: January 1, 1989


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Eastern Kentucky’s Morgan Sexton cut his first banjo out of the bottom of a lard bucket, and some 70 years later won the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Award for his “amazingly pure and unaffected singing and playing style.” He is a giant of old-time music, and the subject of an Appalshop documentary, “Morgan Sexton: Banjo Player from Bull Creek;” Morgan’s nephew Lee Sexton also released a record on Appalshop’s label June Appal Recordings. Several tracks from “Rock Dust” also appear on “Shady Grove,” Morgan’s other June Appal release.


“Morgan Sexton has … preserved a hauntingly beautiful traditional style of banjo picking and singing from a long gone era. He is truly a national treasure.”  — Loyal Jones, Appalachian Center, Berea College
“His banjo picking is a delicate and absolutely individual version of the Appalachian two-fingered style, liquid and serene, each melody using its own particular tuning in the old-fashinoned way.”  — National Heritage Fellowships