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On October 20, 2018
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I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)
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I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) by songwriter Pete Kuykendall.
Pete Kuykendall (1938 to 2017) was an American 'bluegrass' musician and songwriter. Peter Van Kuykendall was born in Washington DC, USA, on January 15th 1938, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He attended Washington–Lee High School, and was an avid record collector from a young age. While his mother was a piano teacher, he himself played clarinet in his junior and high school concert bands, and he would very often listen to 'country' and 'bluegrass' music on the 'WARL', 'WGAY' and 'WWVA' radio stations. He learned to play all the 'bluegrass' instruments, but his primary instrument became the five-string banjo, which he played as a member of 'The Country Gentlemen' from 1958 to 1959. After high school, Kuykendall studied at the Capitol Radio and Electronics Institute (CREI) and was a deejay for 'WKIK' in Leonardtown, Maryland, as well as for 'WFCR' in Fairfax, Virginia. After graduating from CREI, he got married and worked for a short time as a recording division technician in the Library of Congress, transferring recordings from fragile discs and cylinders to magnetic tape. He also worked as a broadcast technician at 'WETA-TV 26' in Washington DC. He then built Wynwood Recording Studio in the basement of his house in Falls Church, Virginia, and recorded Mississippi John Hurt there in 1964, plus many other 'blues', 'bluegrass' and 'country music' performers over the years. Kuykendall also produced several albums for his old group 'The Country Gentlemen', including "Nashville Jail" in 1964. In the late 1950s, he wrote several articles and discographies for "Disc Collector" magazine focussing on the careers of Bill Monroe, 'Reno and Smiley', 'Flatt and Scruggs' and the 'Stanley Brothers'. He also composed and arranged songs, often using his stage name 'Pete Roberts', some of which became standards in 'bluegrass', including "Down Where The Still Waters Flow", "I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)" (used in the soundtrack of the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou", and featured here), "Journey's End", "No Blind Ones There", "Out On The Ocean", "Remembrance Of You" and "Rollin' Stone". As well as owning his studio, he also ran the publishing company 'Wynwood Music'. Kuykendall was a co-founder of "Bluegrass Unlimited" magazine in 1966, and in 1970 became its editor, also writing many articles for it. He and the magazine staff went on to produce the Indian Springs Bluegrass Festival near Hagerstown, Maryland, on seventeen occasions. Pete Kuykendall died in his sleep at a nursing facility in Warrenton, Virginia, on August 24th 2017, aged 79.
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