BENNY MARTIN 'The Fiddle Collection'

BENNY MARTIN 'The Fiddle Collection'

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They saved the best tune for last on this interesting 28 track collection: Martin joins with Buddy Spicher on twin fiddle and Bobby Thompson picks banjo on a fine cut of LEE HIGHWAY BLUES—this is one of 3 bonus tracks added to the original 25 that made up a double LP for the CMH label back in the late 1970s. If all the cuts here were from that session, this album would have been talked about until this day among fiddlers: as it is, there’s still plenty of good fiddling here, despite the fact that there’s pretty heavy percussion on much of the record. The late Martin, who is in the IBMA Hall Of Fame, was one of the great fiddlers in Bluegrass, with classic breaks on over a dozen of Flatt & Scruggs’ finest recordings—many think he was the best when it came to backup work and taking breaks (he was not exactly a slouch at playing hoedowns either, but there are others one thinks of first when it came to playing the classic old time fiddle tunes). On more than half the tunes here Martin is joined by Johnny Gimble (mandolin), Buck Graves (on dobro) and Vic Jordan on banjo for some pretty solid renditions of FIDDLER’S DREAM, SALTY DOG BLUES, FLINT HILL SPECIAL, HOME SWEET HOME, FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW, SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, BLACK MT. RAG, etc. Maybe not his best, but a pretty good representation of one of the great fiddlers of our time.

Artists:

  • BENNY MARTIN
  • JOHNNY GIMBLE
  • JOSH GRAVES
  • VIC JORDAN
  • PAUL SHARON
  • JIMMY CAPPS
  • BILLY LINNEMAN
  • ARTHUR SMITH
  • JEFF WHITTINGTON
  • CLAY SMITH
  • DICK SCHUYLER
  • PAUL COLLIER
  • BUDDY BLACKMAN
  • BURT HOFFMAN
  • GREGG KENNEDY
  • MIKE McBRIDE
  • DON ANGE
  • JOHN HARTFORD
  • JOE STUART
  • ROY HUSKEY JR.
  • BUDDY SPICHER
  • BOBBY THOMPSON
  • RAY EDENTON

Track Listing:

  • MULESKINNER BLUES
  • SWEET BUNCH OF DAISIES
  • ALABAMA JUBILEE
  • HOME, SWEET HOME
  • LITTLE FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW
  • GEORGIANA MOON
  • BACK UP AND PUSH
  • FLINT HILL SPECIAL
  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
  • BILE 'EM CABBAGE DOWN
  • SALTY DOG
  • THE FIDDLER'S DREAM
  • DUELING FIDDLES
  • LARA'S THEME
  • BLACK MOUNTAIN RAG
  • UNDER THE DOUBLE EAGLE
  • HOW WILL I EXPLAIN ABOUT YOU
  • BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
  • FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN
  • RAGTIME ANNIE
  • FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
  • BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW
  • COTTON-EYED JOE
  • SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
  • NIGHT TRAIN TO MEMPHIS
  • FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES
  • CRUISIN' ON THE BLUE DANUBE
  • LEE HIGHWAY BLUES