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Blues Fiddle Albums

Banjiman 29 Apr 09 - 11:22 AM
Stringsinger 29 Apr 09 - 11:34 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 29 Apr 09 - 11:38 AM
Fred McCormick 29 Apr 09 - 11:38 AM
Fred McCormick 29 Apr 09 - 11:40 AM
Suzy T. 29 Apr 09 - 12:04 PM
Banjiman 29 Apr 09 - 12:13 PM
Suzy T. 29 Apr 09 - 12:49 PM
Banjiman 29 Apr 09 - 12:54 PM
dick greenhaus 29 Apr 09 - 01:25 PM
matt milton 29 Apr 09 - 02:27 PM
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Subject: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Banjiman
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 11:22 AM

My 7 year old son is supposed to be learning the fiddle but he doen't really like practicing and I think is angling to pack it in.

I'm loathe to let him do this........ I spurned all of my opportunities to learn instruments and have bitterly regretted it since growing up (in the sense that men ever grow up). I returned to playing instruments in my 30s and have to accept that I will never be a virtuoso.

He does however love blues (his favourite artist [along with McFly] is Blind Lemon Jefferson..... I wish I'd been that cool at 7!

This got me thinking that perhaps we could motivate him by letting him see that blues could be played on fiddle..... thing is I know nothing about Blues Fiddle, can anyone recommend an album or two (or something on You Tube) that I might be able to find?

Thanks

Paul


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Stringsinger
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 11:34 AM

One of the best albums is "He Sure Can Pull Some Bow" (I've forgot who put it out).
There are some early cuts of Big Bill Broonzy who started out as a fiddler. You can
probably "google" it.


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 11:38 AM

No problems here. The excellent Old Hat label has two wonderful CD issues devoted to to the violin in blues, stomps, rags and shuffles. 24 tracks on each cd of the best in Afro-American fiddling. See www.oldhatrecords.com

Violin Sing the Blues for Me on Old Hat CD-1002
Folks He Sure Do Pull Some Bow Old Hat CD-1003

If you have problems locating them Red Lick Mail Order in Wales or County Sales in Floyd, Virginia are just two reliable companies to deal with. Both have web sites.
If he's into the blues then these should do the trick.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 11:38 AM

Folk He Sure Do Pull Some Bow, and Violin, Sing the Blues for Me are unquestionably the best records to start him with. Both are on the Old Hat label, both showcase pre-war blues, pre-blues, jug bands and old time country 78s. After that there's a whole mess of stuff which those discs will point him in the direction of. And he's obviously got a long time to absorb it. I sure wish someone had told me about this stuff when I was his age. All we had was boring old skiffle. Skiffle? What the heck do you think these fellas were playing?


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 11:40 AM

Sorry folks. I saw the original posting, and thought immediately of those two discs. By the time I'd posted the above, two other people had obviously had the same thought.


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Suzy T.
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 12:04 PM

Here is a blues fiddle discography that I put together a few years back. Mostly it doesn't have names of CDs, but rather suggestions for artists to listen to. BOth of the Old Hat label CDs already mentioned are definitely the best place to start.
Blues Fiddle Discography 2008

Start here with these great blues fiddle anthologies:
Violin Sing the Blues For Me – Old Hat 1002
Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow – Old Hat 1003

Blues fiddlers from the 1920's and 1930's (mostly)
Mississippi Sheiks (also Bo Carter/Chatmon, Walter Jacobs/Vincson /Vincent, Lonnie Carter/Chatmon, Chatmon Brothers)
Peg Leg Howell (Eddie Anthony is the fiddler)
Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie, Tennessee Chocolate Drops, Martin Bogan & Armstrong)
Clifford Hayes w. Louisville Jug Bands (Sara Martin, Whistler Jug Band, Dixieland Jug Blowers, etc.)
Tommie Bradley (James Cole)
Andrew & Jim Baxter
Beauford Clay with Blind James Campbell (Arhoolie CD438)
Butch Cage with Willie B. Thomas (Arhoolie CD 372 – Country Negro Jam Session)
Henry "Son" Sims (with Charley Patton, Muddy Waters)
Memphis Jug Band (Charlie Pierce)
Will Batts (w. Frank Stokes, So. Memphis JB, Jack Kelley's Jug Busters, etc.)

Hillbilly blues fiddlers from the 20's and 30's:
Narmour & Smith
Fiddling Doc Roberts
Arthur Smith (an important link between blues and bluegrass)
Leake County Revelers
Carolina Tarheels (no fiddle but great hillbilly blues!)
Prince Albert Hunt

Cajun & Creole blues fiddlers:
Bebe Carriere with Carriere Brothers (Arhoolie)
Leo Soileau (The Early Recordings of – on Yazoo)
Wayne Perry (Lomax Library of Congress recordings)
Dewey Balfa (Balfa Brothers play Traditional Cajun Music on Swallow)
Wade Fruge (Arhoolie)

Also of interest:
"Raw Fiddle" 2 CD set on Rounder, has some great rare fiddle recordings including some excellent hillbilly blues, Jim Baxter, etc. Available from County Sales & other places.


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Banjiman
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 12:13 PM

I love Mudcat!

Thanks everyone.

Paul


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Suzy T.
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 12:49 PM

Also, most years (including this coming summer) I teach a pre-war blues fiddle class at Centrum's Country Blues Week in Port Townsend, Washington. This is a wonderful place for anyone with an interest in acoustic blues. It's fairly small, fantastic faculty, very friendly community, players at every level, in an extremely beautiful place. All different styles of acoustic blues guitar, and piano, harmonica, fiddle, mandolin (this year there are 4 blues mandolin teachers!), vocals (including blues singing and gospel choir), and I have probably forgotten something....Faculty is too large to list here but includes Corey Harris (the new artistic director, taking over from Phil Wiggins who will be teaching harmonica), Del Rey, Lightning Wells, John Dee Holeman, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Rich DelGrosso, Steve James, Daryl Davis, etc.
Check it out:
www.centrum.org/blues/

Maybe see you there!
Suzy Thompson


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Banjiman
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 12:54 PM

Nice idea Suzy but I fear the Atlantic might get in the way!


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 01:25 PM

I hate to be repetitious, but all the recordings mentioned above (as well as any other folk or folkish recodings currently in print) are available from CAMSCO Music.


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: matt milton
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 02:27 PM

Play him some Mississppi Sheiks. There's also fiddle on a lot of Bo Carter songs.

But buy him a guitar as well. He likes McFly and Blind Lemon Jefferson. They play guitars, not violins. The important thing is to keep him interested in music. He can always come back to fiddle. You may find that playing the guitar boosts his overall love of music to the extent that he starts to enjoy the violin a bit more.

I had violin lessons forced on me as a kid. I had a love/hate relationship with it. I basically resented the lessons, but quite enjoyed the occasional piece.

Anyways, basically when I hit the age of 12, it was guitar all the way. I carried on going to violin lessons, playing in the school orchestra, but I never practiced. What was the point - it was time I could be playing rock stuff on the guitar!

I eventually returned to the violin again in my mid-20s. I was glad I had those reserves of playing ability.


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: Banjiman
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 03:25 PM

Hi Matt,

He has a guitar and the promise that if he learns 4 chords and 3 songs by Christmas he can have a starter electric! However, he can have violin lessons at school, but not guitar. He's also pretty good on the fiddle when he actually picks it up.

He also has access to many other guitars, mandolin, accordion, piano, bangy things,whistles etc of his mother's as well as plenty of banjos.

You can take a horse to water.........


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: irishenglish
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 03:51 PM

Wow nobody mentioned Clarence Gatemouth Brown yet!


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 30 Apr 09 - 02:07 AM

Type "blues violin" in Youtube, and you'll find some great stuff. I heard a great blues track recently - probably on Youtube. I think it was by Papa John Creach. Of course, Sugarcane Harris is a must!


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Subject: RE: Blues Fiddle Albums
From: BanjoRay
Date: 30 Apr 09 - 03:12 AM

There's also the Altamont CD of field recordings made in the forties of Murph Gribble, John Lusk and Albert York, with Nathan Frazier and Frank Patterson, old time string band music with a very black American feel and an incredible swing.
Ray


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