MIKE HUMPHREYS 'Artist With The Bow'

MIKE HUMPHREYS 'Artist With The Bow'

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Outside the state of West Virginia, few will have heard of the late Mike Humphreys, and this album is issued with little fanfare, but for real fiddle fans this is a significant release. Here was a truly fine musician who is little known today because he chose to forgo most chances to play professionally (he was once offered a job by Bill Monroe in 1943). Hailing from the great Kanawha Valley tradition that produced Clark Kessinger and Ed Haley, Humphreys plays many of the same tunes and shows many similarities. Put together from home recordings done in the late 1960’s (when Humphreys was approaching 50 years old), this disc has a wealth of fine tunes, and just plain excellent fiddling. Though he is mostly unaccompanied here, Humphreys uses so many notes that the lack of a guitar is hardly noticed. There are 38 tunes here, ranging from a minute to a 3 ½ minute version of MOCKING BIRD. A fine fiddle album filled with wonderful versions of such tunes as FORKED DEER, FISHER’S HORNPIPE, POCA RIVER BLUES, SALLY ANN JOHNSON, OLD NICK, DONE GONE, DEVIL’S DREAM, TROMBONE RAG, BITTER CREEK, etc. Recommended.

Artists:

MIKE HUMPHREYS

Track Listing:

  • PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE
  • GRAY EAGLE
  • BILLY IN THE LOW GROUND
  • STONE MOUNTAIN RAG
  • OLD NICK
  • FLOP EARED MULE
  • FORKED DEER
  • STEAMBOAT HORNPIPE
  • BILL CHEATHAM
  • TWINKLE LITTLE STAR
  • LIBERTY
  • WEDNESDAY NIGHT WALTZ
  • ALABAMA JUBILEE
  • BILL CHEATHAM
  • OLD NICK
  • UNNAMED TUNE
  • MIKE'S TUNE
  • SOLDIER'S JOY
  • DONE GONE
  • LEATHER BRITCHES
  • SAY OLD MAN
  • DEVIL'S DREAM
  • FORKED DEER
  • BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
  • FISHER'S HORNPIPE
  • SUGAR FOOT RAG
  • OLD JAKE GILLIE
  • TROMBONE RAG
  • BITTER CREEK
  • LISTEN TO THE MOCKINGBIRD
  • MEXICAN WALTZ
  • POCA RIVER BLUES
  • PADDY ON THE TURNPIKE
  • KANAWHA MARCH
  • DONE GONE
  • HOLLOW POPLAR
  • RED APPLE RAG
  • SALLY ANN JOHNSON