Fiddle Favorites: Fiddlin' the Blues
Fortunately, the good folks at Old Hat Records have released two absolutely wonderful collections of African-American fiddle and string band music.
As our friend and fellow rider, John, pointed out in his comment to yesterday’s post, Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow! Vintage Fiddle Music 1927-1935: Blues, Jazz, Stomps, Shuffles & Rags is not only an amazing collection of rare fiddle recordings, but the 32 page booklet that accompanies the 24 track CD is a treasure of information.
Also from Old Hat is another collection of rare fiddle blues, entitled Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949. Of course this incredible collection also comes with a detailed 32 page booklet.
Both of these outstanding collections with their informative booklets are available from Amazon.com as one of their “Better Together” deals for US$37.96.
While we are at it, our friend, KJK(aka Ken), also left us a couple of great links yesterday to two great contemporary African-American string bands.
Check out The Carolina Chocolate Drops. This young trio from Durham, North Carolina are headlining the First Annual International String Band Festival in Calhoun, Georgia May 5th, and have earned the support of such greats as Taj Mahall. The Carolina Chocolate Drops have a few videos, photos and articles here.
The Ebony Hillbillies were new to me. I was so impressed with what I heard, that I ordered their CD, Sabrina’s Holiday right away. This wonderful trio plays Old Time string band music on banjo, dulcimer, bass, and fiddle. Their new CD, I Thought You Knew, will be available soon. I’ll be checking back often.
Thanks to John and Ken for sharing these great finds with their fellow riders.