From Bob Cox, Charlie Bowman’s great nephew…
Charlie Bowman, Radio Digest, 1926
“Hello, old-time music lovers: I am delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of my new book, Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman �- An East Tennessee Old-Time Music Pioneer and His Musical Family, by the University of Tennessee Press. The approximately 250-page softback book contains 40 old photographs (some dating as far back as 1901) and is targeted for release in March. Folklorist Archie Green has honored me by writing an Afterword to the works.
“Feeling that Charlie�’s illustrious story has never been adequately portrayed in the media, I decided to correct that deficiency about five years ago. I was fortunate to have the assistance of family members and friends, who made numerous tangible and verbal contributions to the project. This venture has been one of the more gratifying efforts I have ever endeavored.
“The UT Press is now accepting advanced orders on their website.
http://utpress.org/a/searchdetails.php?jobno=T01222. I hope you will find this publication both entertaining and educational.”
I’ve always enjoyed Charlie Bowman’s fiddling with Al Hopkins’ Buckle Busters and the original Beverly Hillbillies (1930). I used a 1926 photo of Charlie for our Sonyatone Records label back in the 70s.