BUDDY PENDLETON, violin, also perfomed with THE GREENBRIAR BOYS during some of their 1961 gigs.
Dylan took us by storm when he opened for us that gig. He was getting a bigger hand than we were... We were supposed to be the main act, and he just won the place over...
DAVE VAN RONK:
He had the audience in the palm of his hand... It was an unbelievable performance.
They [The Greenbriar Boys] were not an easy act to follow, but Dylan followed superbly... Bob started a typical set with "I'm Gonna Get You, Sally Gal," in a lively tempo. He set up a three-way conversation between his voice, guitar, and mouth harp. Suddenly you saw how he could share stage with as brilliant a trio as The Greenbriars...
The audience responded more to Dylan's wit than to his slow, serious, intense material. Audience reaction led him to play Chaplinesque clown. He closed with his own "Song to Woody," suspensefully built to keep attention focused on each line...
Robert Shelton, No Direction Home, Penguin, 1987, pp. 108-109.
Ralph Carter Rinzler (1934 - 1994) was founding director of the Office of Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. Ralph was long-time director of the Festival of American Folklife each summer on the Mall in Washington, DC. His lifelong efforts to record and preserve American traditional music were immensely appreciated by prominent American folk performers. On April 8 and 9, 1995 many of them gathered at the Highlander Education and Research Center, in New Market, TN, 30 miles from Knoxville, for a two-day festival in his memory. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Endowment for Cultural Programs at Highlander.
We started it in 1958. We'd tour in my father's Rambler. It was funny, because the New Lost City Ramblers... were touring in an old Greenbriar, an early Chevy version of a Volkswagen van. We picked our name from the song, "The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore."
Robbie Woliver, Hoot! A 25-Year History of the Greenwich Village Music Scene, St. Martin's Press, 1986, pp. 41-42.