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Louisiana Fiddlers by Ron Yule

Louisiana Fiddlers shines light on sixty-two of the bayou state's most accomplished fiddlers of the twentieth century. Author Ron Yule outlines the lives and times of these performers, who represent a multitude of fiddling styles including Cajun, country, western swing, zydeco, bluegrass, Irish, contest fiddling, and blues.

Featuring over 150 photographs, this volume provides insight into the "fiddlin' grounds" of Louisiana. Yule chronicles the musicians' varied appearances from the stage of the Louisiana Hayride, honky tonks, dancehalls, house dances, radio and television, and festivals, to the front porch and other more casual venues. The brief sketches include observations on musical travels, recordings, and family history.

Nationally acclaimed fiddlers Harry Choates, Dewey Balfa, Dennis McGee, Michael Doucet, Rufus Thibodeaux, and Hadley Castille share space with relatively unknown masters such as Mastern Brack, "Cheese" Read, John W. Daniel, and Fred Beavers. Each player has helped shape the region’s rich musical tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604732955
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Series: American Made Music Series
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ron Yule is an independent student of fiddle history and a country fiddler living in DeRidder, Louisiana. His books include When the Fiddle Was King; Iry Lejeune: Wailin’ the Blues Cajun Style; My Fiddlin' Grounds; and the Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame Book.

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