Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Crooked Road: The Future

Old Time music is alive in the hills of the The Crooked Road. Always has been, and if the youngsters showing up at fiddlers conventions are any indication, the future will hold many more Old Time treasures.

One outstanding young fiddler is 12 year old Montana Young. She first started playing fiddle at the age of 4, after her parents took her to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention.

Montana is from Bassett, Virginia, in Henry County. Her first teachers were a classical violinist and a local bluegrass fiddler. She has made quite a name for herself, earning the first chair in the Roanoke Junior Strings. But it was bluegrass music that she preferred to play, and she earned an apprenticeship through the Virginia Folklife Program to study under bluegrass legend Buddy Pendleton of Patrick County.

Montana Young has won over 50 blue ribbons for her fiddling and taken first place going bow-to-bow with the adults at some of the most prestigious competitions, including Sparta, Fries, and Mt. Airy fiddler's conventions.

The Virginia Folklife Program has produced a CD by Montana Young, entitled Fiddling Up A Storm, a nod to the two stormy southwest Virginia evenings on which these cuts were recorded.

Montana Young - Polecat Blues.mp3

Montana Young - Cherokee Shuffle.mp3

Buy your copy of Fiddling Up A Storm at The Virginia Folklife Program - Crooked Road CD Series. While you're there, check out the other great CD's they have from along the Crooked Road.

Y'all have a good weekend!

This is the end of this trip along The Crooked Road, although I'm sure we will return from time to time. A tip of the hat to my friend Walt, once again, for sharing his collection and filling in the holes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Ed this sure is a good way to end the ride down the crooked road
A little fiddlen is always good..
Have your self a good weekend and we will see you back next week


August 25, 2006 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

This urchin is just phenomenal. Walt had shared Fiddling Up A Storm with me a while back, and it's a real treasure!

Another great post, Ed.

August 25, 2006 7:44 AM  

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