- Charles K. Wolfe
Kazee, Buell (29 August 1900– August 1976), folk singer, banjo player, and minister, was born at the head of Burton Fork in Magoffin County, east of Richmond in eastern Kentucky, the son of Frank Kazee and Abijane Conley Helton, farmers. Kazee learned old hymns and songs from both parents, who “just sang by nature.” By the time he was five, Kazee had received his first banjo, and within a few years he was playing at the rural mountain “frolics” (dances) in the area. Up through his teenage years, Kazee led a lifestyle typical of many mountain musicians of the day. This changed, however, when he decided to prepare for the ministry; he went on to complete high school and attend Georgetown College in central Kentucky....