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MX946, Revised December 2008

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

Editor's note
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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.


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