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



Breathing new life into Missouri fiddling: John P. Williams

Introduction John P. Williams is an oldtime fiddler from Madison, Missouri who grew up deeply entrenched in the tradition...

The Old Time Rollick

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Chinquapin Hunting – fiddle lesson with Dakota Karper

West Virginia fiddler Dakota Karper teaches the popular tune Chinquapin Hunting. This version is most closely related to that of Virginia...

One in every pocket: the rise of the harmonica...

“It has changed a lot, but it shouldn’t have changed. It should be the same all the way through, ’cause people that...

“It’s the tunes that matter and the people that...

Many people have told me over the last several years that I certainly have lived an interesting and exciting life. I...

Oldtime Rhythm Guitar: North Carolina Breakdown (lesson + TAB)

North Carolina Breakdown is thought to have been written by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, one of Tennessee's greatest fiddlers (1898-1971). While Arthur's...

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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...

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...

Bad Festival Neighbors

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

Take it slow: tools to slow down recordings

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

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