IN THE FIELD BEHIND THE STAGE - RECORDINGS FROM GALAX OLD FIDDLERS CONVENTIONS - 1967 & 2010 OLD BLUE CD-708
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The information that follows is based upon interviews with the artists and bios that they provided. If available, links to the bands or individuals are provided.
The Buckstankle Boys
"The Buckstankle Boys are a trio of three young men born and raised in the Blueridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Each one of them, having being brought up and schooled in the ways of traditional mountain music, decided to form a group to promote the older sounds of bluegrass and oldtime music. Wes Clifton, born in Mt. Airy, NC, is grandson of the legendary Camp Creek Boy Verlin Clifton, and he's the heir to a wealth of talent including handling the Buckstankle Boys' lead vocals and guitar and mandolin picking. Seth Boyd, born in Ferrum, VA, also comes from an immensely rich musical family. He has become well versed in both traditional styles of mountain banjo: clawhammer, as well as 3 finger Scruggs style. Andy Edmonds, from Pilot Mountain, NC, inherited his musical talent from a family of guitar pickers and banjo knockers, but is now more associated with his prize winning fiddle playing. Having won the coveted Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention fiddle contest, he attributes much of his fiddling style to his longtime mentor Benton Flippen. The Buckstankle Boys are very proud of their musical heritage and press hard to promote the sounds from a forgotten era.
Our influences include most all of the old school players from around here and the early pioneers of bluegrass music:
Benton Flippen, Earl Scruggs, Larry Richardson, Tommy Jarrell, The Stanley Brothers, The Camp Creek Boys, the Monroe Brothers, the Carter Family, John Ashby, Paul Warren, JE and Wade Mainer, Charlie Poole, and many many more.
I do have a fiddle CD out featuring the Buckstankle Boys entitled "Me and My Fiddle", but I'm sold out of CD's and it may be the summer before I get anymore pressed. People interested can contact me through email for the time being: email@example.com.” (Andy Edmonds)
Jerry Correll and the Grayson County Daredevils
“Jerry and I met around 1971 or 72; around the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music were formed. We were both among the original members. At the time, Jerry was taking fiddle lessons from Jerry Lundy, who was related to Emmitt Lundy, who played with Ted Lundy. Jerry Correll had been a guitar player up to that point but had serious damage done to his wrist when he was shot in Vietnam, leaving him unable to play guitar.
One of the first Brandywine events was a picnic that presented Tommy, Kyle, Bobbie Patterson and Katie Golding, as well as Ted Lundy and the Southern Mountain Boys. Katie is Ted's sister.
Jerry moved to Grayson County around 1974 for the music, fishing and hunting and invited me for a visit. I moved down in the spring of '76.” (Tom Mylet)
Parker Brown is a tune that Jerry got from Brian Duffy, who made up that great tune: "As for Parker Brown - my family and I live in a house in the country that was built in the early 1700's. Several years (15??) ago, when I was working on this tune, an old man stopped by on a Saturday morning. He had been an orphan and had lived in the house as a foster child in the 1920's. He had many stories about the harsh treatment he received after working the fields every day. But he also remembered an old man named Parker Brown who lived in a small attic room. Parker Brown was an indentured worker who had been born as a slave. Apparently he was very kind to the young boy and he would sing and dance at night after a long day's work. It just seemed to fit the tune, so it became Parker Brown. It was originally recorded by The Tuesday Mountain Boys on the CD The Old Home in 2001.” (Brian Duffy)
Jerry and his fiddle have been featured on at least 10 CDs, usually with his band the Wolfe Brothers String Band. From the band’s website: “Although the Wolfe BROTHERS first formed during the mid 1970s, the group re-established their unique old time sound in the early 1990s. Featuring three vocalists, the band's repertoire ranges from rarely heard traditional songs and tunes to their own original material. Founding members Jerry Correll (fiddle) and Dale Morris (banjo, guitar) are joined by Casey Hash (guitar, accordion) and Donna Correll (bass). The Wolfe Brothers have played at many venues including Merlefest, the Carter Fold Festival, Floydfest, the Barter Theater, and the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass Unlimited featured an article about the group in their June '04 issue, and they have appeared on the acclaimed PBS television series, Song of the Mountains. They all reside in the Grayson County, Virginia, community of Elk Creek.”
Jerry Correll Discography (excludes compilations):
Wolfe Brothers String Band, Flat Five Press, 1120, 1995
Old Time Tunings, Wolfe Brothers String Band, Yodel-Ay-Hee, CD-025, 1998
2001 - An Old Time Odyssey, Wolfe Brothers String Band, Copper Creek, 2004
Old Roads, New Journeys, Wolfe Brothers String Band, Copper Creek 2004
Old Virginia Hills, Wolfe Brothers String Band, Old Virginia 1001, 2007
Heading Up Elk Creek, Heritage CD-141, 2008
Billy C. Hurt, Jr.
“Inspired by Clark Kessinger (we share the same birthday July 27) been around old time music all my life. Met Clark when I was a toddler still have an Avon VW he gave me. Played fiddle for Jim Eanes as a teenager, got to do some touring as a Shenandoah Valley Boy, loved it. I have been a great fan of all the fiddlers before me, some of my favorites are Tommy Jackson, Kenny Baker, Howdy Forrester, Arthur Smith, Dale Potter, Benny Martin, Scotty Stoneman, Bobby Hicks, Chubby Wise, etc. I could go on for days, I have played with Acoustic Endeavors, Jim Eanes, Stairwell, Greenbriar Mountain Boys, Bluegrass Brothers, The Goodtimers, and David Parmely and Continental Divide. I love oldtime music, hillbilly, honkytonk, western swing, first generation bluegrass, and most music kin to these up till the early 70s”. (Billy C. Hurt, Jr.).
“Corrina Logston is a young fiddler from southwestern Illinois. Originally a rhythm guitarist and three-finger banjo player, she began playing fiddle at age 14 when her parents wanted a fiddler for their family bluegrass band. Her musical background is heaviest in traditional bluegrass, and she has been most influenced by the fiddling of Jimmy Buchanan, Tater Tate, and Mack Magaha. Traditional Missouri fiddling, such as that of Pete McMahan and Lyman Enloe, has also strongly impacted Corrina’s playing.
Corrina learned Rachel from a recording of Jerry Lundy with Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley, and the Southern Mountain Boys. In her version, Corrina also references stylistic elements of T.J. Lundy and a few of Pete McMahan’s variations. Corrina typically learns her tunes from old recordings and old regional fiddlers.
She also records and performs with Retro and Smiling, a band that pays tribute to the music of Don Reno and Red Smiley (www.retroandsmiling.com). Corrina is co-authoring with Jeremy Stephens the first full-scale biography on Don Reno. She is currently working on her second solo recording project as part of her undergraduate thesis. “ (Corrina Logston )
August 2010 was Corrina’s first time at Galax, and she won eighth place in bluegrass fiddle there. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and attends Belmont University, where she is double-majoring in Music Business and Artist Production. Corrina has a solo bluegrass recording project, which is available through her website, www.corrinacorrina.com . She also records and performs with Retro and Smiling, a band that pays tribute to the music of Don Reno and Red Smiley (www.retroandsmiling.com). Corrina is co-authoring with Jeremy Stephens the first full-scale biography on Don Reno. She is currently working on her second solo recording project as part of her undergraduate thesis. For more information on Corrina, please visit www.corrinacorrina.com .
"The guitar player who played with me, Donald Hill, his father was named Leon Hill. He played in a band with Leake Caudle for a good while." (Kilby Spencer)
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