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Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
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Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Augusta reschedules to February
Lost Girl found
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Pig’s foot officially too far in the fire
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
All tunes played at 140 bpm at first ever Missouri slow jam
West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Banjo uke given presidential pardon
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Lonesome John discovers Tinder



Kansas City Rag: Fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

In this lesson Craig Judelman teaches the classic Midwest tune "Kansas City Rag". This tune was well known in the repertoires...

Cameron Knowler: Melodic Guitar in Oldtime Music

Although oldtime guitar is arguably one of the most underrated and overlooked instruments in the tradition, Cameron Knowler is quick to...

Creating a Safer Space in Traditional Music

In October of this year, a small group of active traditional musicians established a new Facebook group called "Traditional Music Today." In...

Laurel Premo and “The Iron Trios”: An Interview

“When I interact with American fiddle music, it’s hard to distinguish between the sounds that I’m actually hearing and the music...

Old Folks Get in Bed: fiddle lesson with Craig...

In the 1920s, Georgia fiddler Oscar Ford and fellow bandmate Walter Morris made a number of great recordings including this one:...

The Functional Art of Old-Time Back-Up Guitar

One thing I love about playing old-time music is that a good tune or a good session is a collaborative effort....

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by Megan Westcott



Is oldtime out of tune?

Whether we admit it or not, almost all of us have had that moment of listening to an oldtime fiddler –...

Banjo Resources

Oldtime banjo players are probably the luckiest of the lot in finding learning materials online. I have no good explanation for why, but there's...

Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential...

Clifftop: a Beginner’s Guide

All photos by Sandra Parks Three to four thousand old-time musicians, all in...

Fiddle Resources

There's a ton of resources out there on the web to help you learn oldtime fiddle. This is a...

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

Overview: Learning tunes by ear is great – slowing tunes down makes that...

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