FRC 107 - Esker Hutchins: Recordings from the collection of Ray Alden

by Esker Hutchins

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Esker Hutchins lived in Dobson, North Carolina and was neighbor to Frank and Oscar Jenkins. He was a fiddle mentor to Benton Flippen (FRC 102) of nearby Round Peak. Benton played banjo with Esker’s band, the Surry County Ramblers. Esker learned some of his tunes from older area fiddlers such as Crawley Hamlin (tracks 3, 4) and Frank Jenkins (track 14), some from newer fiddlers such as Arthur Smith (track 9) broadcast on the radio. Esker and his band regularly appeared at the Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention (tracks 1, 38 and 39) and he often played with Oscar Jenkins (tracks 2, 37). This CD offers a rare visit to Esker’s home, while at the same time giving an idea of the powerful music he made at conventions. – Ray Alden

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released November 2, 2015

Esker Hutchins: fiddle tracks 1-18, 37-39 banjo tracks 19-36. Surry County Ramblers: tracks 1, 38. Oscar Jenkins: banjo tracks 2, 37. Dave Spilkia: guitar tracks 4-8, 14-17.

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