A few things that have helped me in my recent exploration of midwestern fiddling, along with some old favorites.
- Bob Walters, “The Champion.” This is the two-CD set from Bill Henderson and Dwight Lamb that originally blew my mind and started me down the road to Missouri.
- Slippery Hill’s R.P. Christeson page has free clips of all the source recordings in both volumes of the “Old-Time Fiddlers Repertory” books linked below. Lots of other great stuff on Slippery Hill, too. If you use the site and like it, please considering donating to help pay for server space. Larry Warren does this site as a labor of love.
- Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Network, a blog about MO music and dance.
- Fiddling Missouri, a blog by folklorist and fiddler Howard Marshall.
- Missouri Fiddling, Charlie Walden’s blog. See below for more great resources from him.
- The Old-Time Music Home Page, another labor of love, by my pal David Lynch. The best online source for general old-time music info. As with Slippery Hill, if you use and enjoy it, please consider contributing.
- “Play Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri,” by Howard W. Marshall.
- “The Old-Time Fiddlers Repertory,” R.P. Christeson, volume 1 and volume 2. Has notation for many of the tunes I’ll be teaching in this blog.
- “Mel Bay Presents Ozarks Fiddle Music”: don’t let the “Mel Bay” put you off. This is a beautifully done book, and it includes a great CD of sources.
From Charlie Walden, the ambassador of Missouri fiddling
- Missouri Old-Time Fiddling Traditions: great historical overview of Missouri styles.
- The Project, Charlie’s free archive of his own fiddle tune repertory.
- Missouri Fiddle Tunes, books and CDs of Missouri repertory. The site has free pdf sheet music for lots of tunes, with both standard notation and tab.
- One-Hundred Essential Missouri Fiddle Tunes. (I’m chipping away at this one, myself.)
Some general old-time music links
- Field Recorders’ Collective: an incredible resource for recordings of old-time music from a variety of areas, with some great midwestern stuff.
- John Schwab’s Old-Time Backup Guitar: the right backup is important and here’s how to do it. Also a great “links” section and lots of other nifty extras.
- Old-Time Party: the blog of the late Jon Bekoff. This is a treasure trove of info.