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TEXAS/OKLAHOMA FIDDLING ON VOYAGER
Benny Thomasson - fiddle, Jerry Thomasson - tenor guitar, Dale Thomasson - guitar
Cripple Creek, Salt River, Apple Blossom, Liverpool Hornpipe, Paddy on the Turnpike/Snowbird in the Ashes, Sally Johnson, Draggin' the Bow, Leather Britches, Wagoner, Billy in the Lowground, Don't Let the Deal Go Down, That's A-Plenty, Kansas City Kitty, Jack of Diamonds, Grey Eagle, Soppin' the Gravy, Cotton Patch Rag, Hotfoot, Durang's Hornpipe, Twinkle Little Star
Recorded informally in Benny's camp at Weiser, ID, in 1972. One of the most spirited jams ever recorded, presented just as it happened. Benny Thomasson was the greatest of all Texas-style fiddlers. In 1972, after moving to Washington State, Benny did not think he would fiddle again. Northwest Folklife found him and brought him to the 1972 Northwest Folklife Festival where he found a lot of fiddlers who knew who he was and were very happy to see him. This led him to the National Old Time Fiddlers Contest at Weiser with his son, Dale. Jerry drove up from Texas, got out of his car, grabbed his tenor guitar, and this jam session commenced, with the family very happy to be playing together again. Jerry's incredible tenor guitar backup brought this instrument solidly into Texas style fiddling and is a perfect compliment to the unbeatable fiddling of his father, Benny. We are indebted to Brooks Otis, who got out our portable recording gear and got this session down on tape from the moment it began.
Benny Thomasson - fiddle, Jerry Thomasson - tenor guitar, Dudley Hill - guitar, David Johns - guitar, and others
Bush in the Shucks, Fourteen Days in Georgia, Steeley's Rag, Garfield March, Polk County Breakdown, Cuckoo's Nest, Lost Indian, Old Apple Blossom, Red Apple Rag, Scolding Wife, Kanawha March, Sally Goodin, Billy in the Lowground, Dixie, Scotch No. 2, Laughing Boy, Darkie's Dream, Wild John, Rose Waltz, Ragtime Annie, Dusty Miller, Shucking the Bush, Tugboat, Tom & Jerry, Bonnie Kate, Mother's Reel, Midnight on the Water, Old Bell Cow, Herman's Rag, Irish Medley: Speed the Plough/Miss Monahan's/ Temperance Reel, Lime Rock, Say Old Man Can You Play The Fiddle
Great performances by the king of the Texas fiddle, recorded in the 1970's by Phil Williams in Voyager's facilities, at concerts, and at jam sessions. Benny plays a wide variety of tunes on this recording, including Irish reels and hornpipes, tunes in cross tuning, old time tunes learned from his father, as well as the "Texas" style tunes for which he is famous. The tunes for this CD were selected for performance quality and uniqueness by Pete Martin and Vivian Williams from many hours of recordings of Benny in the Voyager archives.
Gary Lee Moore - fiddle, Pete Martin - guitar, Rich Levine - guitar, Lee Roy Jackson - tenor guitar, Chester Butterworth - tenor banjo
Uncle Pig, 49 Cats in a Rain Barrel, Birdy, Shortenin' Bread, Everybody to the Puncheon, Rat Cheeze, Bill Cheatum, Steeley's Rag, New Broom, Rose of My Heart, The Little Forked Deer, Kill 'Em, Fort Smith, Acorn Hill Breakdown, Rose of Sharon, Luther Lively, Hell Among the Yearlin's, Redskin Rag, Whoa Mule, Can't Get the Damn Saddle On, George Booker, Paddy Won't Ya Drink Some Good Old Cider, Too Old to Dream, Soppin' the Gravy, Honey Boy, Jenny on the Railroad, The Old Grey Mare Come a 'Chargin' Out the Wilderness, 14 Days in Georgia
Great Oklahoma/Texas style fiddling from a true master! Gary Lee came from a fiddling family in Oklahoma. Among his heroes were Orville Burns, Benny Thomasson, and Clark Kessinger, and their influence shows in the liveliness, humor, and expressiveness of his fiddling. Gary Lee is a fiddle legend in the West!