Sam's second son was named Samuel
Walker Shepard but is called Walker. He was born on June
14, 1987 in Scottsville, Virginia. His mother is actress
Jessica Lange. Besides his sister, Hannah Jane, he has a
half-sister, Aleksandra Baryshnikov. After graduating
from college, he joined a band
called The Dust Busters. In 2013 the band changed its
name to the Down Hill Strugglers and lost one of its
members, Craig Judelman.
The Down Hill Strugglers are an
old-time string band based out of Brooklyn, NY. Besides
sings and plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonica,
its present members include Jackson Lynch on fiddle,
banjo, guitar and voice, and Eli Smith on banjo, guitar,
mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, and voice.
The band strives to integrate a wide
range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and jug
band blues into every performance, infused with the
old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that
characterized early string bands such as The Skillet
Lickers, Dykes Magic City Trio, The Mississippi Sheiks,
and J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, among many others. They
are influenced and inspired by the direct fusion of
Scots-Irish and African music that took place in
Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from
the earliest colonial times through the Second World
War. By carrying this music forward with authenticity
They have appeared at venues including Club Passim and
the Jalopy Theater and have played at
festivals such as The Brooklyn Folk Festival and the
Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival and appeared
on radio shows such as Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and
Sound Check with John Schaefer, WNYC 93.9fm.
They bring back the true spirit of Old Time
Music, where every singer invented his own performance.
Besides being excellent musicians, they sing with the
high voices that echo the sounds of young artists heard
on the old 78s , evoking the spirit of the 'Golden Era'
of recording, and the mystery of their own identity. They have built their repertoire from
some of the best music of the past and they keep it
alive and lively. They have found resonance with the
intensity of rural music, while delighting in the
nuances that preserve the individual uniqueness of the
genre. This is music that will keep your mind dancing.