Well said. Jimmy Martin is without a doubt a major influence on banjo players, having helped J.D. Crowe form his Scruggs-based style in the 50s, that has remained a vital part of Jimmy’s trademark band sound. His musical prescriptions for banjo leads and backup have, through J.D., Emerson, Tom Adams, Doyle Lawson, Alan Munde, and many Sunny Mt. Boys alumni, influenced almost all pro banjo players today: the smooth, strong, even volume, evenly spaced notes, focus on melody, rhythmic backup on mid-tempo songs -- all of that we get thanks in large part to Jimmy's insistence on them with his band.
Jimmy's material, much of it written by longtime band member Paul Williams, is also a staple in bluegrass jams, another good reason to save up for the set.
Thanks for writing.