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From the PublisherA marvelous overview of this impish instrument's journey from 19th-century folk traditions to modern country music, told through the stories of individual fiddlers. . . . Wolfe tells these stories in a lively style that never overacademizes his subjects.
There is a wealth of new information between these covers. Wolfe lays the groundwork for understanding the fiddlers in a very human context. He provides a sense of their world. This in turn provides insights into how their works and times have shaped the current scene.
A valuable storehouse of fiddling history.
Each chapter includes not only information on the musicians but fascinating detail on the record companies, music festivals, radio shows, other performers, geographical variations, and the general context of country music.
Wolfe's well-documented research compels the reader to salute the study of country music as a valid endeavor for scholarly contributions. Recommended for collections on American music in public and academic libraries.