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Now That's a Good Tune: Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling — 2 CDs

Editor's note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available for purchase. A link to ordering information is on this page.

Good tuneHoward Wight Marshall
Art history and archaeology
Vivian Williams and Phil Williams

This work on master Missouri fiddlers and the fiddle styles found in Missouri was originally issued in 1989 by the MU Missouri Cultural Heritage Center on two LP records. The fiddlers whose stories are featured in the book, and whose fiddling is heard on the CDs, are R. P. Christeson, Bill Eddy, Lyman Enloe, Gene Goforth, Carol Hascall, Vesta Johnson, Dean Johnston, Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnett, Howe Teague, Charlie Walden, Bob Walsh, and Nile Wilson. The book also has over 40 photographs and illustrations, and music for some of the tunes. This is a must have book for anyone interested in traditional fiddling in America.

The type of fiddling depicted in this book and CDs can still be heard in Missouri today, and its influences can be traced to the fiddling found clear to the Pacific Ocean that came West with the pioneers. The stories of the fiddlers, their philosophies of what fiddling means to them, and the importance of their fiddling to their communities should be read by every fiddler.

Marshall has written a preface to this revised edition setting out some history about the project and notes about the fiddlers and the different regional fiddle styles in Missouri. The forward to the first edition, written by Alan Jabbour, director of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, is included. Marshall also has written an introduction to traditional violin playing in Missouri. There also is an extensive bibliography and discography.


The two accompanying CDs contain 49 tunes, as well as three stories told by fiddlers about a person they learned from or a tune they play. The tunes are recorded in stereo and the original analog recordings transferred to digital in Voyager Recordings studio. The fiddlers and tunes on the two CDs are below.

  • CD 1
    1. Spotted Pony, Carol Hascall
    2. Eighth of January, Carol Hascall
    3. Heel and Toe Polka, Carol Hascall
    4. Whiskey Before Breakfast, Vesta Johnson
    5. Tennessee Wagner, Vesta Johnson
    6. Orvetta Waltz, Vesta Johnson
    7. Blue Flame, Vesta Johnson
    8. Walking In My Sleep, Vesta Johnson
    9. Dusty Miller, Gene Goforth
    10. Sail Away Ladies, Gene Goforth
    11. Rocky Road to Denver, Gene Goforth
    12. Wooden Shoe Story, Gene Goforth
    13. Billy in the Lowground, Gene Goforth
    14. Humansville, Dean Johnston
    15. Waldo, Dean Johnston
    16. Hickory Bow Story, Dean Johnston
    17. East Tennessee Blues, Dean Johnston
    18. Stone's Rag, R.P. Christeson
    19. Dallas Stamper Story, R.P. Christeson
    20. Dallas Stamper Tune, R.P. Christeson
    21. Bill Driver Tune, R.P. Christeson
    22. Whoa Mule, R.P. Christeson
    23. Tiehacker Rag, Nile Wilson
    24. Wes Muir's Tune, Nile Wilson
    25. Tiehacker Tune No.2, Nile Wilson
    26. Little Whiskey, Nile Wilson
  • CD 2
    1. Johnny Don't Come Home Drunk, Cyril Stinnett
    2. Jack Danielson's Reel, Cyril Stinnett
    3. Big John McNeil, Cyril Stinnett
    4. Wake Up Susie, Cyril Stinnett
    5. Hanging Around the Kitchen, Lyman Enloe
    6. The Rough Scotsman, Lyman Enloe
    7. Forgotten Waltz, Lyman Enloe
    8. Call Your Dogs and Let's Go Hunting, Lyman Enloe
    9. Ford One-Step, Pete McMahan
    10. Ozark Mountain Waltz, Pete McMahan
    11. Pretty Polly, Pete McMahan
    12. Sally Goodin, Pete McMahan
    13. Black-eyed Peas and Cornbread, Bob Walsh
    14. Carroll County Blues, Bob Walsh
    15. White Water, Bob Walsh
    16. The Waltz You Saved for Me, Bob Walsh
    17. Fourteen Days in Georgia, Howe Teague
    18. White River, Howe Teague
    19. Forked Deer, Howe Teague
    20. Phyllis Gayle Breakdown, Bill Eddy
    21. Twinkle Little Star, Bill Eddy
    22. Leather Britches, Bill Eddy
    23. Old Rugged Cross, Charlie Walden
    24. Soldier's Joy, Charlie Walden
    25. Bill Katon's Reel, Charlie Walden
    26. Marmaduke's Hornpipe, Charlie Walden


  • 98 pages, 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 inches, soft cover, perfect binding
  • Two compact discs containing 52 tracks.

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