Jack Tottle

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Jack Tottle (born November 24, 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American bluegrass musician, singer, mandolin player, songwriter, music teacher and author.


Tottle was educated at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In the early 1960s, he formed the Lonesome River Boys. The group released two albums: "Raise A Ruckus" in 1961 on Riverside Records[1] and "Bluegrass Hootenanny" on the small and obscure Battle label.[2] In the early 1970s, he joined Don Stover and the White Oak Mountain Boys and about this time, he also settled in Boston.[3] In 1975, his book "Bluegrass Mandolin" was published by Oak Publications.[4] The following year, he recorded a solo album "Back Road Mandolin" on Rounder Records. In 1976, he formed Tasty Licks, a progressive bluegrass group. One of the members of the group was an aspiring young banjo player, Bela Fleck. Tasty Licks released two albums ("Tasty Licks" and "Anchored to the Shore") on Rounder before being dissolved in July 1979. In 1999 Tottle released (on Copper Creek) "The Bluegrass Sound," 16 of his original compositions played by him and 13 other bluegrass luminaries.

Tottle is also the founder (in 1982) and former director (now retired) of the Bluegrass, Oldtime and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.[5]


  1. ^ Rosenberg 2005, p. 201.
  2. ^ Cohen, Cohen 2000, p. 131.
  3. ^ Goldsmith 2004, p. 73.
  4. ^ Cochran 1997, p. 123.
  5. ^ Gayheart, Eley 2003 , p. 162.


  • Cochran, Mickey, (1997), Mandolin Crosspicking Technique, Mel Bay Publications
  • Cohen, Norm; Cohen, David (2000), Long Steel Rail: The Railroad In American Folksong, University of Illinois Press
  • Gayheart, Willard; Eley, Donia S. (2003), Willard Gayheart: Appalachian Artist, McFarland
  • Goldsmith, Thomas (2004), The Bluegrass Reader, University of Illinois Press
  • Rosenberg, Neil V. (2005), Bluegrass: A History, University of Illinois Press