WOODY SIMMONS 'Live At WVMR'

WOODY SIMMONS 'Live At WVMR'

  • $13.50


Simmons, an old-time fiddler from Randolph County, West Virginia, passed away in 2005 at the age of 93, after a full life of appearing on local radio stations and playing for countless dances and other social functions. The little radio station in Frost, West Va. (WVMR), retained in its archives over 20 different sessions of Woody’s music recorded at the station from 1982 to 2002, in which he was most often accompanied by guitar, or guitar and banjo. (Simmons also made at least one full album of his fiddling, back in the days of LPs). There are 38 tracks on this disc, spanning the 20 year period, with some of the earliest being the strongest examples of Woody’s playing: a few of them feature his comments about certain tunes, but most are full length renditions of mostly standard tunes like BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM, 8TH OF JANUARY, LIBERTY, BILLY IN THE LOW GROUND, SOLDIER’S JOY, COTTON BAGGIN’, CUCKOO’S NEST, FISHER’S HORNPIPE, ST. ANNE’S REEL and FORKED DEER. Simmons was also a big fan of Arthur Smith, which shows up in his versions of PARIS WALTZ and WALKING IN MY SLEEP. This is a very attractive package that is a fine tribute to this gentleman. It comes with an excellent 24-page booklet of notes and photos.

Track Listing:

  • INTRODUCTION
  • RAGTIME ANNIE
  • INTRODUCTION TO BONAPARTE'S RETREAT
  • BONAPARTE'S RETREAT
  • RUN JOHNNY RUN
  • CHINESE BREAKDOWN
  • LOST INDIAN
  • ARKANSAS TRAVELER
  • PARIS WALTZ
  • WALKING IN MY SLEEP
  • COMMENTS ABOUT PLAYING FIDDLE AND BANJO
  • KISS ME WALTZ
  • CUCKOO'S NEST
  • ALL SMILES TONIGHT
  • EIGHTH OF JANUARY
  • MOLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON
  • COMMENTS ABOUT MOLLY
  • BILLY IN THE LOW GROUND
  • INTRODUCTION TO FISHER'S HORNPIPE
  • FISHER'S HORNPIPE
  • DANCE ALL NIGHT
  • COMMENTS ABOUT DANCE ALL NIGHT
  • SWEET SIXTEEN
  • BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM
  • INTRODUCTION TO SALLY GOODEN
  • SALLY GOODEN
  • COUNTRY WALTZ
  • SOLDIER'S JOY
  • SNOWDEER
  • MISSISSIPPI SAWYER
  • COTTON BAGGIN'
  • FORKED DEER
  • ST. ANN'S REEL
  • WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST
  • INTRODUCTION TO SLIDE THEM JUGS
  • SLIDE THEM JUGS
  • CLOSING