Monthly Archives: January 2007

Black Fiddlers . . . where are they?

One of the places I like to hang out, albeit virtually, is the fiddlers’ discussion list, FIDDLE-L, where all sorts of folk gather to discuss not just fiddling, but old-time, Irish, cajun, bluegrass, and other types of fiddle-related music. One … Continue reading

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The Death of Tower Records

re-printed by permission. How Tower Records Committed Suicide By LEE BALLINGER The calamity caused by the liquidation of Tower Records doesn’t just consist of the 2700 workers fired and the dozens of small label releases that will lose their most … Continue reading

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Bobbie Burns’ Birthday!

Robert Burns Today is Robert Burn’s birthday, a man who, more than any other, typifies Scotland and its culture. Any fan of Bill Monroe should take note of this, but I have an extra reason. As a former resident of … Continue reading

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Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman

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 … Continue reading

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Early California Bluegrass

>Does anyone know when bluegrass first appeared in California, >that is when the first California bluegrass band made an appearance? >Many thanks in advance. You actually have two questions there, since “first bluegrass” and “first California BG Band” are two … Continue reading

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