FRC 723 - Lowe Stokes: Georgia Fiddler (Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music Collection)

by Lowe Stokes

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about

One of the highlights of my musical career was playing on stage with Lowe Stokes, one of my musical heroes. He was at the very
heart of the North Georgia, multi-fiddle band sound that had so captivated us in the Highwoods and many others in the early days
of the stringband revival. Stokes recorded extensively in the 1920s and early 1930s under his own name, as a member of the North
Georgians, the Hometown Boys, the Dill Pickles, and most notably as the lead fiddler for the Skillet Lickers. In July 1982, when Lowe
was 84 years old, he performed at the Brandywine Mountain Music Festival. As his pal Bert Layne announced, he sounds “almost
as good as he ever did.” This is especially impressive since Lowe lost his bowing hand in an accident in 1930. He was able to make
this great music using a prosthetic device on his right wrist and a rig on his fiddle to keep the bow perpendicular to the strings. So
enjoy these selections from a true master and seminal figure of old-time music. – Mac Benford

credits

released October 30, 2017

Lowe Stokes-fiddle (all tracks), Joe LaRose-guitar (all tracks), Mac Benford-banjo (tracks26-29), Gary Hopkins-bass (tracks 26-29). All tracks recorded live at the 1982 Brandywine Mountain Music Convention.

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