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Nov 17, 2022 - 10:08:21 AM
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Looking for more fiddlers living today who play breakdowns like these guys:

Michael Cleveland
Johnny Warren
Eddie Stubbs
Dewey Brown

Nov 17, 2022 - 10:18:42 AM
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Erockin

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Nov 17, 2022 - 11:39:03 AM
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DougD

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10961 posts since 12/2/2007

Just in case people aren't familiar with Eddie Stubbs (who's very much alive I think) or know him only through his announcing work on the Opry and WSM, here's a clip of the Johnson Mountain Boys I came across the other day. It says "part II of II," but I don't know where part I is.
youtu.be/teVuNoASfs0

Nov 17, 2022 - 12:09:54 PM
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Erockin

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quote:
Originally posted by soppinthegravy

Looking for more fiddlers living today who play breakdowns like these guys:

Michael Cleveland
Johnny Warren
Eddie Stubbs
Dewey Brown


I have a great Dewey story.

So I was asked to fill in with a group out in Western Maryland. I'll spare all the REALLY REALLY good details and cut to the chase...

The group I was performing with were kind of young and play lots of trad grass but also a lot of progressive as well. Dewey was in the crowd and the folks who hired us asked if Dewey could set in on the second set. They said he plays a good fiddle. At this time I/we had no idea what the name of the person was but all I knew was they played a "good" fiddle. At set break, in my hotel room, I googled Dewey and come to find out, he played with Dr Ralph Stanley for 12+ years...lol. So I run down and tell the band, look this this _ _ _ _!!! 

So Dewey walks up on stage and is killing it. His talent alone surpassed all of ours combined. We were like "WOW!!!" The banjo picker looks to Dewey and says "Can you play Clinch Mountain BackStep?" and I was like "NOOOOOOOOO!!!, don't ask him that....LOL!!!" This guy WAS that song for many many a years...lol. He was very humbled and played along and made us sound much better. Thanks, Dewey. 

Sorry to hi-jack....carry on...

Nov 21, 2022 - 3:37:36 PM
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bacfire

USA

23 posts since 3/26/2008

The traditionalist bluegrass fiddlers that have been catching my ear lately have been mostly women. Aynsley Porchak (Tennessee BG Band, formerly of Carolina Blue) is as good as they come and must know every trad BG lick ever recorded. Corrina Rose Logston (High Fidelity) and Laura Orshaw (Po' Ramblin' Boys) are really solid breakdown fiddlers as well.

In the male and 'been around a little longer' category, Ron Stewart is the authority on Flatt & Scruggs fiddlers and can lay down some ridiculously strong, tone-laden double stops. Hunter Berry is a force of nature that you really have to be in a small room with to fully appreciate. Both those guys are possessed with the ghost of Benny Martin and have tone and power that just overwhelms most other fiddlers within earshot.

Also, Bobby Hicks is still alive.

Nov 21, 2022 - 3:42:30 PM

bacfire

USA

23 posts since 3/26/2008

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

Just in case people aren't familiar with Eddie Stubbs (who's very much alive I think) or know him only through his announcing work on the Opry and WSM, here's a clip of the Johnson Mountain Boys I came across the other day. It says "part II of II," but I don't know where part I is.
youtu.be/teVuNoASfs0


Here's part I:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc2sxsR6ssU 

That's Bluegrass right there.  With a capital B.

Edited by - bacfire on 11/21/2022 15:47:47

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