Category: Reviews

Old Time Country Christmas

A delightful mix of traditional Christmas carols and tunes played on instruments such as hammered dulcimer, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, mountain dulcimer, dobro, bass, mandolin and guitar comprise these three albums from Alisa Jones, Ron Wall, and Mark Howard. Together, these three albums contain 59 instrumental songs that are a pleasure to listen to while decorating,…

Fiddlin’ – The Movie

Old Time Music was born in the Appalachian Mountains over 200 years ago, paving the way for Bluegrass, Country and Rock & Roll. Fiddlin’ celebrates the 80th anniversary of the world’s oldest fiddler’s convention. After watching this trailer, I just had to see this movie, so I purchased it on Amazon for $9.99. It can…

The Mountain Minor

Just you remember, Charlie, these old mountain tunes will bringyou back home; they’ll bring you back home. ~ Tom “Pap” Abner At the height of the Great Depression, young Charlie Abner has only known the beautiful hills of Kentucky and a life steeped in hard work, church and playing the fiddle when his father announces…

Classic Old-Time Fiddle

This album is a fantastic collection of vintage Southern Appalachian string band music from the Smithsonian archives compiled and annotated by Old-Time fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place. Clark Kessinger, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Marion Sumner, Gaither Carlton, Eck Robertson, Melvin Wine, and many more old-time fiddle masters play their signature sounds from…

In Tune: A Community of Musicians

Good video about Old Time Music. A celebration of old-time music in the Mountain State of West Virginia, some of the people passing it on, knee to knee, one generation to another. Produced by WVPB filmmaker Russ Barbour and narrated by Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce, this new documentary examines old-time music, specifically in the hills…

Legends of Old Time Music

During the folk music revival from the late 1950s to the 1970s, legendary old-time traditional artists were rediscovered, and previously unheard players of this tradition were found and brought to perform at folk festivals. It was an exciting period in the history of Old Time music which coupled “living legends” like Clarence Ashley and Tommy…

Trying to Teach My Hands to Do What I Hear in My Head

The title of this post is actually the subtitle of John Hartford’s 1997 video entitled John Hartford’s Old Time Fiddling where he discusses and demonstrates many bowing styles and techniques, teaches several great tunes, and talks about what fiddling is for him. John Hartford (1937-2001) was an American original. He was a Hall-of-Fame musician, award-winning…

A Delightful Recreation

The Sons of Liberty have selected a snippet from one of Thomas Jefferson’s letters as the title of their new CD, A Delightful Recreation, and a true delight are the tunes chosen and played by these three young musicians in this second collection of songs dedicated to the music of early America. The Sons of…

Chadwell’s Station

Early American Frontier music never sounded so authentic in the 21st century until you hear Christian Wig play his fiddle accompanied by Whitt Mead on the banjo in Chadwell’s Station, one of four albums in Wig’s collection, Fiddling on the Frontier. Like the other albums in this collection, Chadwell’s Station is a marvelous group of…

Voyager Recordings & Publications

Voyager Recordings & Publications is a treasure trove, the “Oak Island” of recordings, tune books, and instructional materials of traditional acoustic fiddle and string band music in North America. Voyager Recordings & Publications is an independent recording and publishing company founded by Phil & Vivian Williams in 1967. They had been playing old time and…