FIDDLING AROUND

Charlie Daniels doesn’t hold back when he plays the fiddle (photo courtesy charliedaniels.com) 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South The Devil Went Down to Georgia In day’s past, the fiddle was often referred to as “the Devil’s box.” Church leaders condemned fiddle music because it was associated with dances and partying. Traveling fiddle…

FIDDLING AROUND

Bill Monroe had many great fiddle players, but Chubby Wise stands out as one of the best (photo courtesy of the International Bluegrass Music Museum) 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South Uncle Pen Bluegrass is often described as the invention of one man: Bill Monroe. While it is true that the fast and…

FIDDLING AROUND

You can hear the Orange Blossom Special (depicted here in a 1939 postcard) coming down the tracks in this fiddle tune by the same name 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South Orange Blossom Special Fiddling is not just a musical style; sometimes it is a competitive sport. Fiddle contests have been held in…

FIDDLING AROUND

Bob Wills cultivated a sophisticated, cosmopolitan image, bringing fiddle music into the 20th century 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South San Antonio Rose In Texas, Bob Wills is still the king, and he gained his throne by popularizing Western swing, a mix of jazz-influenced swing and country and western music. Wills didn’t invent…

FIDDLING AROUND

The mysterious Mississippi Sheiks never became household names like Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters, yet they left an undeniable influence on blues music 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South The blues are primarily associated with the guitar, but a tradition of blues fiddle existed in the pre-World-War-II era. Much of “blues” and “old-time”…

FIDDLING AROUND

The combination of fiddle and accordion became a staple of dances and parties in Cajun country (photo by Michael Miceli) 7-SONG HISTORY of the FIDDLE in the SOUTH Although the fiddle traditions of Texas and the Appalachian regions were probably the most influential on today’s music, the unique Cajun culture of South Louisiana developed its…

FIDDLING AROUND

Photo – The song and story of the Arkansas Traveler became a piece of Arkansas history but was often associated with negative “hillbilly” stereotypes. Since it’s the time of year that the Holiday parties and family get togethers ramp up, I thought it might be fun to see how the “fiddle” player impacted our lives…

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Berkeley Hundred, comprising some 8000 acres along the James River, as it would have looked at the time of the first settlers in 1619 Well y’all, I’m back! Finally! It’s been a long difficult road to wellness, and I thank y’all for bearing with my absence. Since it’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the…