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Playing Since: 1980

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Gender: Male

Age: 60

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I have a Strad copy from Grandpa. I also have a fiddle that was made for me by Deborah-Helen Viator in Eunice, LA, which is my "tuned-down" Cajun fiddle. My first fiddle (which I still have & is still my best) is one that I payed only $150 for in 1980. The tone is balanced all the way across, but sounds particularly rich in the bass. The story I like to tell about it is that Mike Seeger once offered to buy it off me.

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I like anybody that plays Old-time and Cajun. Favorites include Kenny Jackson of the Rhythm Rats, Double Decker String Band, Rafe Stefanini, Clyde Davenport, Tommy Jarrell, Charlie Bowman, Al Hopkins & His Bucklebusters (aka The Hillbillies), Melvin Wine, Ernie Carpenter and Chirps Smith.

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Lost Boy

Monday, November 26, 2007 @9:00:46 PM

I learned Lost Boy this evening. The mandolin player in our group wants to do it. I found a recording of Molsky doing it (CD of same title). I put it on. HOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLYYYYYYY COW!!!! He must be playing it at 150 bpm. I can't even tap my foot that fast. So I located the tune on a tape of John Salyer that I have. He's going maybe 120-130bpm. Still fast, but I had an easier time keeping up with him. For those of you not familiar with it, it's a crooked tune, and I wasn't sure I was getting every note with Molsky (I know I wasn't). The crookedness adds a little more squirreliness to the tune, making it real "frisky". Anyhow once I got the hang of playing along with Salyer, I played by myself a few minutes to see if I got it, then I put Molsky back on, fastened my seat belt and just hoped my bow would keep up. It did! And man, is this a fun tune to play or what!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 @10:05:14 AM

Bruce, yes this is a great Molsky recording. I've also spent some time trying to get it.  been playing with it for the last year or so. I do OK, but nothing more.  Beside the great fiddle, I think that's Dirk Powell playing a really hard-driving backup guitar. What a powerful combination those two make. It's great, and fast!
Have you heard Molsky's Lost Girl.  Different A part, but almost the same B part. Cool tunes.