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THE SOLOMON FAMILY 'Three Generations of Champion Texas Fiddlers 1929-1969'

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This superb album is edited and produced by Charles Faurot, one of the leading authorities on Texas Fiddling and the person who first recorded some of the masters of the Texas contest style like Benny Thomasson, the Solomons, and Major Franklin, and brought the style to national attention via several early LP releases on the County label. The stars of this 29-track CD are brothers Vernon and Norman Solomon, but also included are the two surviving cuts by their father Ervin Solomon (SALLY JOHNSON and RAGTIME ANNIE, which came out on a 1929 Victor 78). The third generation is represented by Vernon's son Mike, a solid and promising young fiddler who tragically lost his life in the Vietnam War at the age of 21. The compilation borrows from Vernon's and Norman's County recordings, but also presents much new material, including wonderful cuts of OPERA REEL, GENERAL LEE'S HORNPIPE,WAGGONER, BLACK & WHITE RAG and other lesser known but fine pieces. With extensive notes, this is a great album, highly recommended to fiddle fans.