My father is holding a pair of wooden rhythm bones made during the Civil War by my great, great grandfather, John O. Holt from Alamance County, North Carolina. They were passed down to my grandfather and then my father and now to me. My father was an engineer and inventor while his father was a lawyer, yet they all played the bones.
When I was ten years old my father showed he how to play the spoons and the bones that came down through the family. As a child it made me aware that there were other types of music besides popular music and it opened my ears to folk instruments.