Mountain Fiddler available on July 09 2017 from Amazon for 11.28
UPC bar code 009001274328 ξ1 registered July 09 2017
Product category is Audio
Manufacturered by County Records
Product weight is 0.22 lbs.
Well known as the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate, the late Robert C. Byrd had another fascinating side: a love of fiddling that he acquired at an early age growing up in the mountains of West Virginia. Originally influenced by Clark Kessinger and other great musicians in his home state, he had a lifelong passion for old-time rural string music and usually kept a fiddle in his office for moments of relaxation amidst a very heavy legislative workload which included an 11 year stint as U.S. Senate Majority leader in the late 1970's and most of the 1980's. In 1977, after recording some fiddle tunes for the Library of Congress, the Senator was persuaded to make a commercial recording of some of his music. Producer Barry Poss (later to become founder and president of Sugar Hill Records) brought in three members of the popular Bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen to provide backing for Byrd - Doyle Lawson on guitar, James Bailey on banjo, and Spider Gilliam on bass fiddle. The record which originally appeared as a long-play album - came out as County 769 and was well received.The Senator and his record received a considerable amount of immediate publicity, leading to interviews with famed newscasters Bob Schieffer and Roger Mudd, as well as gaining nationwide exposure as an honored guest of Roy Acuff on the Grand Ole Opry among other noteworthy appearances. This current CD release includes all 14 of the songs and tunes that appeared on the original "Mountain Fiddler" LP, plus the addition of notes by producer Barry Poss and Alan Jabbour, the director of the American Folklife Center, who was instrumental in getting Senator Byrd recorded.
The late Sen. Robert C. Byrd represented my home state of West Virginia for many decades. While he and I would have been on the opposite side of "the aisle", I do admire many of his contributions to the nation, and especially to the State of West Virginia. Call it "pork barrel" if you will. I call it taking care of the people who sent him to Washington to represent them by creating jobs for them. Having said all tha..