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West Virginia oldtime musicians narrowly avert brawl by not talking about politics
Confused bluegrass guitar player keeps asking himself, “Where’s the f**king one?”
Local New Haven djembe player subtly uninvited to next jam
Springfield police officer Matt Stevens enters mental freeze when he uncovers local punks playing oldtime music
Mississippi Sawyer displaced by chainsaw
Bruce Molsky slowly coming to grips with the fact he has groupies
Squirrel Hunters erroneously played in G
Lost Girl found
“Lazy” John files defamation suit
Bass overtakes harmonica as fifth most popular oldtime instrument
Clifftop Strip Tease Competition Update: Contestants Asked Not To Remove G-string
Scienticists shocked to discover that oldtime is actually still new
Wife of Vermont oldtime fiddler hasn’t seen husband “in decades”
Term “oldtime” deemed politically insensitive to the elderly
Netherton returns to melody after long separation
National Endowment for the Arts grants $12.15 and a six-pack of Mtn Dew to compose “Tenth of January”
Augusta reschedules to February
“Lost Indian” Exactly Where He’s Supposed To Be
Stickerville Toilets Vandalized: Police Have Nothing To Go On
Asheville, NC banjo player can’t decide whether to wear his Red Wing or Frye boots to tonight’s jam
Maybe the tune is straight and the rest of the world is crooked. Woah!
Ralph Stanley switches to banjo, harmonica “too hard”
After a decade of brave resistance, Midwest fiddler Laura Heinmann finally retunes to cross A
New Study Shows Waltzes Reduce Time Signature By 25% In Mice
Records reveal oldtime royalty not really royal
Phrase “one more tune” found to be potentially misleading
UN declares banjo uke “a crime against humanity”
Drunken frat boy assaulted after requesting “Wagon Wheel” not once, but twice
Massive backlog of rare C tunes leads to epic 4-hour jam, dorkdom

musician profiles



David Bragger & Susan Platz – tunes and interview

In 2017 David Bragger and Susan Platz released the first oldtime album featuring dual fiddle on all tracks: King's Lament. Bragger...

John Salyer (1882 -1952) – fiddler from Magoffin County, Eastern Kentucky

I once heard a fiddler call John Morgan Salyer “the foremost genius, the Mozart of Old Time”. I can’t really argue with...

Seth Shumate – Oldtime Harmonica

"I'm a harmonica player with a focus on pre-war styles of harmonica from old-time, country blues, early blues, and jug band music. I...

festival profiles


The Back to the Farm Festival, Rodengo-Saiano, Italy

FOR BEING A NICHE MUSIC, old-time sure seems to pop up in some unexpected places. Of all the gigs I’ve played this year, one...

book reviews


Depression Era Country Guitar

While it would be a fool's errand to try and count all the instructional books on, say, bluegrass fiddle, blues guitar,...

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s Harry Bolick and Stephen T. Austin University Press of Mississippi, 2015 Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s...

The Fiddle Book, Marion Thede (1967)

A large part of the 60s folk revival was made up of people who didn't grow up with the genres of American vernacular music...

oldtime voices


Bad Festival Neighbors

When you roll up to an old time festival, you know you aren’t checking into the Presidential Suite at the Ritz. It’s going...

Finding My Tribe

Most of my life, I never felt like I had a tribe.   I was always an outlier. I...

The Berlin Old-Time Scene: An Origin Myth

1. Sheriff Greyson in the Sandbox It was a typically overcast Berlin Saturday in late spring. The playground...

community profiles


Old-Time on the Danube: Why We Play

Musical communities are interesting studies in human psychology. You find them in just about every population on Earth: groups of people who come together...

Keeping Old Time

If in the last ten years your travels have brought you through Asheville, North Carolina, you will have noticed something odd:...

Berlin goes banjo: the old-time invasion

  Think in Berlin you’ll only catch live banjo music at a Mumford & Sons' show? Think again....