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The Southeastern corner of the Middle Tennessee fiddling region coalesced also with the vibrant and distinctive music coming out of northern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. In this region, contests ruled, allowing fiddlers from neighboring areas to compete and thus learn from one another. Austin Derryberry and Trenton “Tater” Caruthers are devoted students of this repertory, and have come to the music, at least in part, as a heritage to which they were born. There is nothing missing from these recordings, made live with no overdubbing and no edits in the studio at Middle Tennessee State University. This is the real deal: old-time Tennessee fiddling from the true vine by two of its best and brightest.
Flattops and Fiddles
This album is a collection of standard contest fiddle tunes that have been arranged by these master musicians in a way that give it a more exciting and engaging experience for the listener.
Just five words describe this album, ‘Good Picking and Good Fiddling.’ The flattop picking by Algie Surratt stands up with the best. I have known him for only a few years, But know him as a man who is constantly self-improving. His work on this album and his high finishes in contests throughout the central south attest to this. When you mention amateur fiddlers in this part of the country, the first one to come to mind is J.T. Perkins. He has won, at least once, nearly all of the prestigious contests held in the central south. The tunes he does on this album bears out the reason. These two friends of mine from the‘heart of Dixie – Alabama – have put together a good listening album.
Fans of early bluegrass will quickly take a liking to our newest Davis Unlimited reissue, SFR-DU-33011 Bluegrass, by Wally Bryson and the Blaylock Brothers. Originally released in 1975, it was the first collection of recordings after the already individually well established Bryson (fiddle) and brothers, Ralph (guitar) & Clyde (banjo) Blaylock, joined forces in 1974. Accompanied by rhythm guitarist, Pete Watson, and bassist, Marshall Smith, the trio makes their way through a list of beloved bluegrass classics, as well as old-time standards and fiddle tunes. We highly recommend it for fans of artists like The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Reno and Smiley.
Speak-O-Phone aluminum disc recording of Ed and Ella Haley playing Over the Waves on piano and fiddle.
Haley family recordings 2020 release
The Spring Fed Records team continues to make steady progress on the Haley Family box set. We've recently received the final essay for the liner note book from fiddle historian Mark Wilson. Wilson wrote the notes for the original Rounder release of Ed Haley's fiddling, Parkersburg Landing. We will include Mark's original essay along with his additions and updates to provide readers with a detailed historical background about Haley that discusses his fiddling style, travels and influences on other regional fiddlers such as Owen "Snake" Chapman and JP Fraley.Spring Fed Records audio engineer, Martin Fisher, continues the painstaking work of cleaning up the recordings. He's completed his task to re-transfer all of the original Haley family discs and now he's removing noise, standardizing playback speed and pitch etc. When he's completed his efforts, you'll hear the the cleanest recordings the Haley family ever released. Stole From the Throat of a Bird-The Complete Recordings of Ed Haley and Family is slated for a 2020 release.
Ed and Ella Haley. Woodcut by Megan Lightell.
We're in the final third of a major project to share the music of the legendary West Virginia/Kentucky fiddler, J. E. Ed Haley. We plan to release a box set containing Haley's spectacular fiddling as well as many previously unheard tunes and songs. Audio engineer, Martin Fisher, is painstakingly making brand new transfers of the original lacquer discs that are on loan from the Haley family. Click on the links in our social networking bar up at the top of the page. We have photographs, video and sound samples relating to the Haley project available to share with interested visitors. Stay tuned for more updates. We're planning for a summer 2020 release for the Haley box set.