Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman

From Bob Cox, Charlie Bowman’s great nephew…

Charlie Bowman, 1926
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. 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.

Lable with Charlie Bowman

About Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. His music has been heard in clubs, concerts, saloons, universities, pre-schools, at weddings, wakes, parties, barn-raisings, calf-ropings, rodeos, auctions, fund raisers, wine tastings and chili cook offs. Peter founded Santa Barbara's Old Time Fiddler's Convention (1972), UCSB's Old Time Music Front (1964), and The Bluebird Cafe (1971). Through these and other outlets, he was the first to bring many prominent folk, blues, and bluegrass artists, including Bill Monroe, Mance Lipscomb, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Balfa Brothers, and many others to the Santa Barbara area. Peter also helped others access the music by teaching privately, and in group classes for Santa Barbara Continuing Education, UCSB Extension, and McCabes Guitars. He was the first on the West Coast to produce and market instruction Lps - three on How To Play Country Fiddle, and one each on Clawhammer Banjo, and Maybelle Carter Style Guitar. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and for various interest groups, festival workshops, etc. In 2006, he presented his monograph titled "The Big bang Of Bluegrass Music" (describing the origins of bluegrass 1938 - 1946) to the worlds first International Music Symposium at the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green. He has also been very active in radio, television, and film work, producing weekly shows on country and bluegrass music over a 21 year period on various commercial and public stations. Peter currently maintains three music-related websites, a music blog, and an entertainment service company, "BlueGrass West!", based in the Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California. Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America's musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Well-known as a historian and teacher, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences.
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1 Response to Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman

  1. Peter [Visitor] says:

    You can hear four tunes played by Charlie Bown in MP3 format at this site, provided by Paul Mitchell.

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