Emmett W. Lundy

Fiddle Tunes From Grayson County, Virginia

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Although a bit murky-sounding, its pace slowed to a crawl by recorded sections of talking, this album remains one of the great documents of old-time fiddle music from Virginia. Emmett W. Lundy had a repertoire of dozens of fiddle tunes, music that he used mostly for his own enjoyment and that of his family and friends. Much of these songs he had learned as a young man from an older area fiddler, so as a result what was preserved on these recordings was actually music dating back as far as the turn of the 19th century. Lundy digs into the fiddle as if carving a roast, and listeners who are having trouble figuring out the difference between bluegrass and old-time can start with Lundy, his intonation (please). This is music that gets into the marrow, the fiddle revealing its proud heritage as a teller of tales and a setter of scenes, be it a barnyard, a wild goose chase, or a bloody battle.

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