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Rachel Krause

Rachel Krause
Rachel Krause is a writer, graphic designer, and oldtime musician based in Kansas City, Missouri. She loves combining her deep love for history and traditional music with her journalism and community-building background to support the oldtime community around the world.


“The Completely Lost Mississippi Fiddle Tunes” by Harry Bolick & Friends

The album "The Completely Lost Mississippi Fiddle Tunes" by Harry Bolick & Friends is an album filled with Harry's own tunes, written in the Mississippi style that he has studied for so long. The tunes are carefully arranged and you'll have a...

How to hold your fiddle: Lesson with Craig Judelman

In this video Craig Judelman ventures into the seemingly muddy waters of how to hold the fiddle in oldtime and what to pay attention to in the left hand. Craig has given a lot of thought to these issues of technique...

Bruce Molsky: an interview

When I heard that Bruce Molsky was going to be playing with Molsky's Mountain Drifters at the 2019 Fire in the Mountain in rural Wales – a wonderful festival I've visited for several years in a row – I reached out to...

“The Mountain Minor” Movie Review and Interview

The Mountain Minor is a fictional film to be released in October 2019 that tells the interrelated stories of oldtime music, family, place, and history in the Appalachians. The plot of the film is loosely based on...

Nathan Bontrager – Oldtime Cello & Fiddle

When I moved to New Haven, CT in the fall of 2009 I was at the end of a number of years of studying classical cello. Those valuable years taught me not only technique and musicality but also that my home, despite...