FRC 303 - Buddy Thomas: Recordings from the collection of Dave Spilkia & Ray Alden

by Buddy Thomas

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about

Buddy Thomas, the great northeastern Kentucky fiddler who died a young man of 39, grew up “so poor that even the poor folks said we were poor.” Dave Spilkia and I came across Buddy in Grayson, KY and found him to be an unassuming and kind human being with an enormous musical talent. He learned from sources such as his mother’s whistling, relatives and friends such as Perry Riley, Jimmy Wheeler (FRC401), Morris Allen and a bunch of 78 rpm records gotten in trade. These recordings were made upon our first meeting and a subsequent trip Dave made to Kentucky. On a third trip in 1974, we arrived to hear the sad news Buddy had just past away. – Ray Alden

credits

released October 30, 2015

Buddy Thomas-fiddle on all tracks; Dave Spilkia, guitar: tracks 2-8, 19-30; Lloyd Kiser, harmonica and vocals: tracks 9-14; Barbara Edwards,
guitar: tracks 16-18, 31-33. Tracks 1-14, 21 recorded by Ray Alden. Tracks 15-20, 22-33 recorded by Dave Spilkia.

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