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Spangler and Pearson

Spangler and Pearson

Because of his radio broadcasts over WRVA between 1926 and 1931, John Wallace “Babe” Spangler was one of his era’s most influential fiddlers. Born in Meadows of Dan in Patrick County, Virginia on November 15, …

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Fields Ward

Fields Ward

BY MARTY McGEE— Old-time singer and guitarist Fields Mac Ward was born January 23, 1911, in Buck Mountain, Grayson County, Virginia. Fields was influenced by a musically rich family: Father Crockett (ca. early 1880s—mid—1960s) was …

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The Hill Billies 1928

The Hill Billies

BY MARTY McGEE— The Hill Billies, an early old-time string band, radio and vaudeville act, was organized in Galax, Virginia, in the mid-1920s. The bands’ original members were fiddler Alonzo Elvis “Tony” Alderman of Carroll …

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Still Site at Shooting Creek

Shootin’ Creek

BY KINNEY RORRER— “Going up Shootin’ Creek, going in a runGoing up Shootin’ Creek, have a little fun” —Charlie Poole  “SHOOTIN’ CREEK”  1928 If Franklin County, Virginia was the so-called “Moonshine Capital” of the world …

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Posey Rorer

Posey Rorer

BY KINNEY RORRER— When the highly influential Anthology of American Folk Music was released in 1952, the acclaimed producer Harry Smith selected what he considered the best representations of commercially recorded folk music that appeared …

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Holland Puckett

Holland Puckett

BY MARTY McGEE— Holland Puckett was born July 15, 1899, on a farm in The Hollows, Patrick County, Virginia. He lived between Ararat, Virginia, and nearby Mount Airy, North Carolina. Puckett had strong ties to …

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American old-time music fiddler and banjoist Wade Ward of Bog Trotters Band

Wade Ward

BY MARTY McGEE— Benjamin “Uncle” Wade Ward, born on October 15, 1892, near the town of Independence in Grayson County, Virginia, was known for his frailing or clawhammer style of banjo playing. He also had …

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