Old Time Fiddle
If the settlement of North America by Europeans had a soundtrack it would be a fiddle tune. Of all the instruments that come to mind when thinking about American music, the fiddle has held the lead position far longer than any other. The fiddle accompanied the first Europeans that landed on these shores. It provided entertainment at the first settlements and traveled west as the country expanded. I’d venture to say that no other instrument has had the long lasting affect on American music as that of the fiddle.
Many of the early fiddle tunes have been lost to time since most rural tunes were passed on by ear and recording wasn’t developed until the closing years of the 1800s. Fortunately for us, many fine fiddle tunes remained in circulation into the 1920s, long enough to have been recorded once the record companies realized there was a market for such rural music.
Roll back the rug and grab your partner.