FRC 738 - John Dee Kennedy of Pawnee, Oklahoma (From the collection of Brad Leftwich and Linda Higginbotham

by John Dee Kennedy

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Spotted Pony 01:02
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Fort Smith 00:44
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Judge Parker 01:05
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Liberty 01:01
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Chicken Reel 00:49
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Rye Whiskey 01:44
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Blues in A 01:03
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Grey Eagle 00:46
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Stony Point 01:16
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Wagner 00:30
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Waltz in C 00:53
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Cackling Hen 01:14
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Forked Deer 00:58
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Blues in G 00:29
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Blue Flame 01:01
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Rye Straw 01:02
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Whiskers 00:58
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John Henry 00:44
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about

John Dee Kennedy (1914-1997) was a self-effacing man who, in his prime, was considered by many to be the best breakdown fiddler in Pawnee and Osage counties, Oklahoma. In a generation where most of his contemporaries were playing Western swing, bluegrass, or Texas contest style fiddle, John perpetuated an older family and community tradition that can be traced through the mountains of Arkansas all the way back to eastern Kentucky in the 19th century. These field recordings were made by Linda Higginbotham and Brad Leftwich at John’s home in Pawnee, Oklahoma, from 1982-1985.--Brad Leftwich.

credits

released January 15, 2021

PERSONNEL: John Dee Kennedy (fiddle), Brad Leftwich (guitar, 2nd fiddle on Tracks 11 & 18), Linda Higginbotham (banjo-ukulele). John's cousin Ed Guthrie can occasionally be heard speaking.

license

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