Fiddle Favorites: Times are a' changin'
I’ve discussed the importance of the traveling musician to American music many times in the past. These troubadours, minstrels, and medicine shows were the spoon in the pot of American music stew. They blended ingredients from all over the old world and the result was something familiar, yet a little spicier.
Here are a few regional tunes from Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, and Arkansas. Each still has its local roots, but each of these regional styles was already well evolved with various components of outside influences. In fact, by the time the record companies discovered rural music it had already been changed forever. The popularity of Race, Old Time, and Hillbilly records actually helped preserve some of this music as it caused something of a revival of the older styles.