Various Artists

Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 1: Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers

  • AllMusic Rating
    6
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 1: Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers Review

by Richie Unterberger

Recorded between 1972 and 1995 (though mostly in the 1970s), this set and its companion volume (Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 2: Along the Kentucky River) document folk fiddle styles in northeastern Kentucky, usually recorded by fiddlers born around the beginning of the twentieth century. The fiddle tunes reflect and illustrate the variety of influences that found their way into Appalachian music, from Scots-Irish ballads to blues, waltzes, and hornpipes. To those without a deep or scholarly interest in the form, much of it will tend to run together and sound similar. For those who do want delve deep into the style, it's a valuable document including 39 tracks, 70 minutes of music, and voluminous liner notes about the fiddlers and the origins of the songs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buddy Thomas 03:15 Amazon
2 George Hawkins 02:16 Amazon
3 George Hawkins 01:54 Amazon
4 Alfred Bailey 02:35 Amazon
5 Alfred Bailey 01:06 Amazon
6 Alva Greene 00:57 Amazon
7 Alva Greene 00:54 Amazon
8 Perry Riley 01:22 Amazon
9 Perry Riley 01:12 Amazon
10 Charlie Kinney 01:33 Amazon
11 Bob Prater 01:25 Amazon
12 Bob Prater 01:38 Amazon
13 Buddy Thomas 02:10 Amazon
14 George Hawkins 01:52 Amazon
15 George Hawkins 00:50 Amazon
16 George Hawkins 01:40 Amazon
17 Alfred Bailey 02:22 Amazon
18 Alfred Bailey 02:17 Amazon
19 Buddy Thomas 02:22 Amazon
20 Alva Greene 01:09 Amazon
21 Alva Greene 01:35 Amazon
22 Alva Greene 01:52 Amazon
23 George Hawkins 02:23 Amazon
24 George Hawkins 01:56 Amazon
25 Buddy Thomas 02:42 Amazon
26 Clarence Rigdon 03:27 Amazon
27 Charlie Kinney 01:31 Amazon
28 Bob Prater 01:19 Amazon
29 Buddy Thomas 02:18 Amazon
30 Perry Riley 01:10 Amazon
31 Perry Riley 02:55 Amazon
32 Alfred Bailey 01:32 Amazon
33 Alfred Bailey 01:59 Amazon
34 George Hawkins 01:14 Amazon
35 George Hawkins 01:55 Amazon
36 Alva Greene 01:22 Amazon
37 Alva Greene 01:16 Amazon
38 Alva Greene 01:09 Amazon
39 Buddy Thomas 02:21 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick