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Luther Davis quote

Posted by sprout333 on Sunday, April 13, 2008

Now folks, listen; you're are lookin' at the oldest fiddler, I guess, that there is a-livin'. Ninety-six the eleventh day of September.  These people right here, they are my friends and they've learned music under me, and my music dates back to the [eighteen] eighties.  I don't know anything about this new music that they call bluegrass.  I don't know about thing in the world about it; I've got friends that plays it, but I don't enjoy it because I can't tell one tune from the other.  And I may play a little tonight and I may not, I don't know.  I've got arthritis is this arm and these fingers has got no feeling in 'em, and this head up here is very light.  And we'll try to tell you as we go along what tunes we're playing and where they come from.  The old men that played 'em have been dead for many years and years and they was old men when they died.  And I've played the fiddle ever since I was fifteen years old.  I picked the banjo to start with.  I will play the best I can and if I get to where I can't play, I'll quit and turn it over to them.  Thank you all for coming out, and I hope there'll be more to come.

From "The Old Time Way," Heritage Records 070, 1986.

1 comment on “Luther Davis quote”

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, April 14, 2008 @4:24:33 AM

Scott, I've been enjoying the quotes- thanks! Keep 'em coming! Michael

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