“Maybe the way forward is to dig deeper into the past”: interview and tunes...

I haven’t listened to or seen this interview since I did it at Clifftop, and as it was conducted in the crazy haze that is the Appalachian String Band Festival, I...

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 of Missouri fiddling. John was a regular attendee of the...

“It’s the tunes that matter and the people that play them.”

Many people have told me over the last several years that I certainly have lived an interesting and exciting life. I was orphaned at birth, then later adopted from the Children’s...

George Jackson – interview + tunes

I grew up about as far away geographically from the regions where old-time music originated as you could imagine, but American culture was all around me in my home country of...

Aviva Steigmeyer: interview + tunes

I grew up in Washington state and started playing old-time music when I was 18 years old. My parents were migrant fruit pickers in the 1970s and ‘80s and both are...

Meredith McIntosh: interview + tunes

Old Time Music came to me after I had not played any music for several years.  My mother taught piano and music in the elementary school and my dad...

David Scrivner: interview + tunes

I began playing mandolin when I was six.  My dad and his brothers had formed a bluegrass band when they were in high school in Ava, Missouri, in the 1950s.   My dad...

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 point out that strong, engaging back-up is crucial to the...

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 that is happening inside of me. From the rhythms of...

Emily Elam – interview + tunes

Emily Elam of Mountain View, Arkansas is a three-time Arkansas State Old-Time Fiddle Champion and long-time student of Billy Matthews. Here she sits down with Oldtime Central to speak about how she...