Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners [County]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith may not be a name well known today, but almost every significant fiddler from the 1930s onward has stood on Smith's shoulders. His style was so original that its roots have been impossible for even scholars to pinpoint precisely; all that can be confidently said is that Smith picked up, and then augmented, certain styles he learned from fiddlers in the middle Tennessee area, where he was born and raised. Smith himself said he dreamed his style, then arose in the middle of the night and did some fiddling to see if it worked. That's about as good an explanation as any to explain the forward-looking technique and boundless energy that coalesced into ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith may not be a name well known today, but almost every significant fiddler from the 1930s onward has stood on Smith's shoulders. His style was so original that its roots have been impossible for even scholars to pinpoint precisely; all that can be confidently said is that Smith picked up, and then augmented, certain styles he learned from fiddlers in the middle Tennessee area, where he was born and raised. Smith himself said he dreamed his style, then arose in the middle of the night and did some fiddling to see if it worked. That's about as good an explanation as any to explain the forward-looking technique and boundless energy that coalesced into such a groundbreaking approach. This long-awaited retrospective documents Smith's early recording career with 22 cuts recorded between 1936 and 1940, after Smith had joined forces with Alton and Rabon Delmore. Smith's dazzling repertoire -- spanning blues, breakdowns, rags, ballads, and festive dance numbers -- is on full display here, as is his folksy singing voice, which is especially memorable on a haunting version of the venerable "In the Pines." Additionally, Smith shows off his bracing two-finger banjo style on "Bound to Ride." In his peak years, Smith was highly regarded: He had numerous hits, was a beloved regular on the Grand Ole Opry, and was sought out by other musicians trying to learn the fiddler's secret handshake. With solid annotation by Charles C. Wolfe, this disc takes its place among early country music's essential documents.
All Music Guide - Jim Smith
This well-produced overview covers the years 1937-1940 and includes "Weary Weary World," "Red Apple Rag," "Little Darling," and several other hits although it strangely omits "Walking in My Sleep," "Love Letters in the Sand," and "Beautiful Brown Eyes," some of Smith's other hits of the time. One doesn't need to hear hits, though, to appreciate Smith's tremendous skill, and with the Delmore Brothers on hand for a number of songs, this is nothing short of terrific. The liner notes provide some of the best insight yet into Smith's life and career and show definitively why he was such a tremendous influence on the first generation of bluegrass musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • Label: County Records
  • UPC: 009001352620
  • Catalog Number: 3526
  • Sales rank: 224,155

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith Primary Artist, Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Arthur Smith Indexed Contributor
Clyde Moody Guitar
Billy Byrd Guitar
Joel Forrester Bass
Bill Westbrook Bass
Tommy Magness Fiddle
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Technical Credits
Maurice Williams Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Rusty Young Composer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Alan Riggs Composer
Traditional Composer
Christopher [1] C. King Remastering
Arthur Smith Composer
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