The fiddle is laughing
September 15, 2019 at 5:36 AM #76675
This is a cool article and also listen to the attached audio and video, it reminds me a lot of my predicament always playing music with people four times my age ?? definitely not a bad thing though, and way more productive than going to school with people my age, I can’t learn as much from people my ageSeptember 15, 2019 at 6:51 AM #76676
That’s cool, Gunnar. I’m kinda surprised about the lack of enthusiasm among Canadians to keep the tradition going, I thought it was just Kentucky…lol. I honestly think it’s the recording industry and all the commerical music out there now that has taken music from the hands of regular people…now it’s so easy to be entertained by commerically-produced music with its artificialness…they don’t sit around just playing music anymore. Not meaning to be whining about it here, but I do think that’s what happened. Cudos to you, and Kaeleigh, and all of your generation who are taking up the torch to carry it through the future…I really think people will be ready to come back to it someday…and hopefully you guys will make sure it’s still there for them.September 15, 2019 at 7:23 AM #76678
That is awesome. I wish more younger people would do that. Now days it seems status on social media is more important than anything else.September 15, 2019 at 9:27 AM #76682
is cudos spelled with a K? Help me, help me…if it was ever taught to me in school, I must’ve been absent that day…but now having doubts about it. Too bad they really didn’t have home school when I was growing up…not sure what my mom would’ve been teaching us…lol.
September 15, 2019 at 1:38 PM #76688
- This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by cricket.
I know, I wish traditional music was more popular, and I always am excited to see other kids who play it (that includes Presley Barker and Carson Peters)
Kudos is spelled with a KSeptember 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM #76692
My buddy, Carson Peters and me back a few years when he was first learning.September 15, 2019 at 2:42 PM #76699
Nice photo, Fred. Oh gosh I can’t believe I almost wrote Cujo, then…instead of Kudos…Like…I ain’t wishin’ no rabid dog on nobody…hmmm…I hope the double negatives have a positive effect…at least I used Effect instead of Affect…I’d rather be effective than affective…ok…I should quit for now.September 15, 2019 at 3:10 PM #76701
That’s cool that you know him Fred! Cricket, lol, I would’ve taken a cujo too ?????September 15, 2019 at 3:15 PM #76704
Carson can yodel like there’s no tomorrow and he’s a heck of a guitar player, too!September 15, 2019 at 5:21 PM #76712
Do you still hang out with Yodelin’ Carson these days, Fred?September 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM #76716
No, Cricket. I’m here in Arkansas and Carson lives in eastern Tennessee. I haven’t seen him or picked with him in quite a while now. My good friend, Hunter Berry (fiddle for Rhonda Vincent) took Carson under his wing a few years back as did another good friend of mine, Keith Williams. They worked with him and Carson just was like a sponge and soaked it all in and blossomed into a great young fiddler and a wonderful young man. I am so proud of him and his wonderful parents.
The picture of Carson and his mom is when he was watching my band perform. He always liked my fiddling. 🙂
The video above is Hunter Berry, fiddle; Hunter’s wife, Sally Berry, guitar; Dan Boner, director of the Bluegrass Department at ETSU playing lead guitar; Brent Burke, Dobro; Tensel Sandker (now Brent’s wife), upright bass (both Sally and Tensel are Rhonda Vincent’s daughters); and Haley Stiltner, banjo. (Haley is now with the US Navy Bluegrass Band! My band opened for them. My wife and I are good friends with them all.September 15, 2019 at 7:23 PM #76717
What part of Arkansas do you live in, Fred? I live near Arkansas in southeast, MissouriSeptember 15, 2019 at 8:08 PM #76726
Hi John, I live in north central AR. A little city named Searcy in White County. I often travel north as far as Mountain View and run into musicians from all over the world there who come to the folk center of the USA.September 15, 2019 at 8:13 PM #76728
I’ve been to Searcy. I had some friends that lived there. You don’t live too far from one of my older brothers. He lives in Morrilton.September 15, 2019 at 10:48 PM #76740
That’s over past Conway, isn’t it? I’ve never been there but I know someone who has mentioned the town.September 16, 2019 at 2:33 AM #76743
Name drop much? ? but seriously cool that you know all those peopleSeptember 16, 2019 at 6:44 AM #76747
I have to admit I could tell they were supposed to be famous…lol…but I usually never heard of most famous people…just a few. I just crawled out from under the rock a few years back.September 16, 2019 at 7:45 AM #76749
Well, not really famous, bluegrass famous. Which means that the average rank and file have never heard of them, but people who know bluegrass, or people who know of bluegrass might. You can’t get super famous playing bluegrass or oldtime music, unless you live in the 60s or earlier ?September 16, 2019 at 8:52 AM #76751
Gunnar, you’re totally right that “famous” is subjective. My playing Bluegrass for over fifty years and other types of music for even longer, has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to meet and play with over one thousand musicians in Bluegrass alone. Here’s a list of those I can remember meeting and playing with:
(Now that’s a name drop! lol 😉September 16, 2019 at 9:35 AM #76755
Wow, that’s a stacked list. So I guess a better question would be “who haven’t you met?” I’ve met someone else online who’s also jammed with just about everyone (Dave Long, aka fiddlewood)
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