Norman Blake won many new fans through his two songs on the soundtrack to the film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Yet, the master guitarist from Rising Fawn, Georgia has a history that reaches back to his years as a sideman with Johnny Cash, and as a player on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle Be Unbroken. As Jon Weisberger writes in the enclosed notes, 'He has been hailed as one of the giants of acoustic guitar playing, yet that reputation rests not on a discovery of new techniques or jaw-dropping complexity, but on a profoundly rare ability to tap the innermost essence of a song, and to create a place for a lasting appreciation and enjoyment of its beauty. Virtuosos have come and gone, but Norman Blake remains.' Old Ties includes many of the finest old-time oriented performances from Blake's numerous Rounder albums.