Fiddlin' Arthur Smith

Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners, Vol. 2

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The second volume in this series of early recordings from the Tennessee fiddle master grabs material out of the same set of mid- to late-'30s sessions. The tunes were recorded in several different settings with the lion's share of the backup coming from the talented and sympathetic Delmore Brothers, with whom Smith shared a strong stylistic affinity as well as a natural knack for music making. Some of the absolute top Smith hits are here, such as "There's More Pretty Girls Than One," "Red Apple Rag," and the hysterical "House of David Blues" which seems to have something to do with an old Jewish baseball team. Smith's fiddle comes flying out of the speakers with the sonic authority that only certain masters obtain. Other highlights include a haunting version of "In the Pines" (is there any other kind?) and the wild, toe-tapping "Sugar Tree Stomp." An extremely well printed booklet accompanies both volumes, and includes extensive information and historic photography, just about everything one needs as a background to this music except the first names of the Delmore Brothers.

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