I have recently been asked to compose an entry on Old Time Music for the Arkansas Encyclopedia. In an effort to produce valid composition, I have begun researching the topic. The further I delve into the subject, the more I realize my ignorance on the topic! I once believed I had some idea of the subject, however, upon discussions with Clarke Beuhling, I am now in a position to further pursue information on the subject.
Clarke's extensive research on the classical banjo is priceless to the old time community. Clarke is known worldwide among classical banjo circles as well as old time banjo circles. Currently playing with The Old 78's and occasionally with his own Skirtlifters, Clarke performs on a regular basis nationally as well. His knowledge on the subject of old time banjo is well known. His assistance in my research is highly valued.
You can see why my eyes have been opened, if you will, concerning old time music in Arkansas!
That said, I am currently on the prowl for certain persons whose knowledge on old time music is unprecedented. I am extremely excited about meeting with others in the old time community to discuss with them the brilliant beauty and flagrant filth of our blatantly simple yet profoundly complete heritage. Stay tuned for more at Fiddlin' Arkansas!11 comments
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Jonathan Trawick grew up in the Ozark hills, floating the rivers, trapping fish, camping on the riverbanks, feeling the cool spring breeze on his arms and listening to the fiddle music his Grandpa passed on to his Dad. It wasn't until his days in college that he realized his passion for music and began playing the very music his Grandpa had loved. To date, his musical career has included working with many legendary fiddle players including 7 time World Champion and National Heritage Fellow, Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor, Texas Fiddle Hall of Fame Member, Dale Morris, Jr. who will eternally be a member of Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys, Canadian legend and Grand North American Fiddle Champion, Calvin Vollrath, April Verch, 3 time Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Matthew Hartz, Nashville session legend, Tim Crouch and more. Locally, he freelances and plays in several settings. When he is not playing with the terrific dance band, Well Swung, you may catch him performing with National Fiddle Champion, Aarun Carter or filling in on mandolin somewhere. Can you feel the warmth of the campfire yet? If you close your eyes while you listen, you may even be able to smell the wood burning and the creek rising....