FRC 120 - Vernon Riddle: Old​-​Time Style Texas Fiddle (Recordings from the collections of Vernon Riddle & Ashley Carder)

by Vernon Riddle

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From the collections of Ashley Carder and Vernon Riddle

When I first met Spartanburg, SC native Vernon Riddle in the early 1980s, I was fascinated by his fiddling style and his vast repertoire of old and unusual tunes. His fiddling was unlike anything I’d ever heard in South Carolina. While he was a young man stationed in the Air Force in Amarillo, Texas in the 1950s, Vernon spent a lot of time with legendary fiddler Eck Robertson. He learned lots of tunes from Eck, many of them in non-standard tunings. He further developed his fiddling style by spending time with Benny Thomasson, Jack Mears, the Solomons, and other Texas fiddlers. This collection presents Vernon’s fiddling from his Texas years in the 1960s up through his time in Spartanburg, SC in the early 1990s. About half of these tunes came from Eck Robertson. – Ashley Carder

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released November 20, 2015

NOTES: Tracks 4 and 10 were recorded in 1990. Tracks 1-3,5-7,9,11-13, 15, 17, and 18 were recorded in Houston,TX in December 1966 with Betty Solomon on piano and Dave Davidson on guitar.
Track 20, 21 and 23 were recorded in Texas in February 1967
with Davie Davidson on guitar and Al Winters on guitar. Tracks 8 and 16 were recorded at Olton, TX in June 1965 with Pete Osborne on guitar.
Tracks 14, 22, 25, and 34 were recorded in 1984, 1985, and 1987 with Ashley Carder on guitar. Tracks 19,24, and 26-33 were recorded in Spatanburg, SC in 1990 and 1993 with his wife, Ruth Riddle, on guitar.

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