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Re: [ARSCLIST] Old-time fiddle records
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From: "John Ross" <johnross@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Two related questions:
First, I've just acquired an LP by the great Texas fiddler Benny
Thomasson, entitled "Benny Thomasson Volume Two" on the John's label
(BT-48015A), copyright 1980, "recorded at Gillian Studio, Chandler,
Oklahoma." I can't find anything about this record -- I knew Benny
Thomasson, and I work closely with Voyager Records in Seattle, who issued
several other BT records, but I'd like to know more about this one.
Anybody know this label? Any other information? Has anybody ever seen
And second, a more general question about fiddle records. Is there any
kind of comprehensive discography of old-time fiddle recordings? It seems
like many of them were vanity issues, on tiny labels, issued by local
fiddlers' groups or contests, or otherwise out of mainstream distribution.
Has anybody assembled a list of these things?
The BIG problem here is separating the gazillions of "pseudo-fiddling"
records (usually of "jigs & reels") cut by label's "house violinists"...from
the ACTUAL "fiddling" records, which didn't appear until the very early