Traditional fingerstyle guitar is particular to its time and place, drawing heavily upon local culture, but allowing for personal expression and innovation. Each of the artists presented here is a master of fingerstyle guitar, whether two or three finger picking. With rare exceptions most were born around the turn of the century or in its early years. From the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee to Texas, they fashioned a deeply influential manner of playing wrought from rags, blues, ballads, and native airs that permeated their times and gave impetus to any musician, knowingly or not, who picks a string today. Features Merle Travis, Doc and Merle Watson, Elizabeth Cotten, Roscoe Holcomb, Josh White, Sam and Kirk McGee, Mance Lipscomb, and Rev. Gary Davis.