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Now That's A Good Tune:

Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling

The Revised Edition of the classic documentary book and recordings produced by the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia, first published on LP records in 1989.

Book with the stories of thirteen of the most influential Missouri fiddlers, and two Compact Discs of forty-nine tunes performed by these fiddlers.


97 page book, with two Compact Discs in plastic sleeves on the inside back cover $30.00

We are pleased to have back in print, the currently revised edition of this book and recordings, originally issued by the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center, a division of the Graduate School and Office of Research at the University of Missouri, and in cooperation with the Extension Division, University of Missouri, Columbia, under the direction of Dr. Howard Marshall. This book is a "must have" for scholars of traditional fiddling in Missouri, one of the most influential regions for the development of fiddling in North 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. This well written book, revised for this edition by its principal author, Dr. Marshall, gives insights into the importance of fiddling in a person's life and in the life of the community, and makes a fiddler feel good to be a part of carrying on the fiddling tradition.

The fiddlers featured all contributed greatly to the vitality of the several Missouri fiddling traditions and helped younger fiddlers along the way carry on these traditions. They are all master fiddlers. While the fiddling is mostly in the old time dance tradition, which was the primary social use of the fiddle, some of the fiddlers represented did very well in fiddle contests, even winning the National Old Time Championship at Weiser, Idaho. The fiddlers 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 sets forth their stories, with over forty photographs, as well as some hand written transcriptions of tunes they played, and extensive annotations of the tunes performed on the accompanying CDs. Dr. 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, American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress, also is included. Dr. Marshall also has written a great introduction to "traditional violin playing" in Missouri. There also is an extensive bibliography and discography.

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

CD 1
CAROL HASCALL: 1. Spotted Pony, 2. Eighth of January, 3. Heel and Toe Polka, 4. Whiskey Before Breakfast; VESTA JOHNSON: 5. Tennessee Wagner, 6. Orvetta Waltz, 7. Blue Flame, 8. Walking In My Sleep; GENE GOFORTH: 9. Dusty Miller, 10. Sail Away Ladies, 11. Rocky Road to Denver, 12. Wooden Shoe Story, 13. Billy in the Lowground; DEAN JOHNSTON: 14. Humansville, 15. Waldo, 16. Hickory Bow Story, 17. East Tennessee Blues; R.P. CHRISTESON: 18. Stone’s Rag, 19. Dallas Stamper Story, 20. Dallas Stamper Tune, 21. Bill Driver Tune, 22. Whoa Mule; NILE WILSON: 23. Tiehacker Rag, 24. Wes Muir’s Tune, 25. Tiehacker Tune No.2, 26. Little Whiskey

CD 2
CYRIL STINNETT: 1. Johnny Don’t Come Home Drunk, 2. Jack Danielson’s Reel, 3. Big John McNeil, 4. Wake Up Susie; LYMAN ENLOE: 5. Hanging Around the Kitchen, 6. The Rough Scotsman, 7. Forgotten Waltz, 8. Call Your Dogs and Let’s Go Hunting; PETE McMAHAN: 9. Ford One-Step, 10. Ozark Mountain Waltz, 11. Pretty Polly, 12. Sally Goodin; BOB WALSH: 13. Black-eyed Peas and Cornbread, 14. Carroll County Blues, 15. White Water, 16. The Waltz You Saved for Me; HOWE TEAGUE:
17. Fourteen Days in Georgia, 18. White River, 19. Forked Deer; BILL EDDY: 20. Phyllis Gayle Breakdown, 21. Twinkle Little Star, 22. Leather Britches, CHARLIE WALDEN: 23. Old Rugged Cross, 24. Soldier’s Joy, 25. Bill Katon’s Reel, 26. Marmaduke’s Hornpipe

To view samples of pages from the book, click on the images below for a full size image in PDF format.



Sound Clips:

Carol Hascal - Spotted Pony MP3 MP3(LoFi)Nile Wilson - Little Whiskey MP3 MP3(LoFi)Cyril Stinnett - Jack Danielson's Reel MP3 MP3(LoFi)

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