VERNON RIDDLE
Old Time Texas Style Fiddle
Recordings from 1965-1993



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


This CD was released in 2010 by the Field Recorders Collective, from recordings from the collections of Vernon Riddle and Ashley Carder.

TRACK INFO:
  1. Limerock (2:51)
  2. Rhubarb (1:49)
  3. Brilliancy (2:37)
  4. Vernon intro (0:56)
  5. Texas Waggoner (2:31)
  6. Say Old Man (3:03)
  7. Chadwick (1:58)
  8. Fifty Years Ago Waltz (1:41)
  9. Ball and Pin Hornpipe (2:05)
  10. Sally Goodin (intro) (1:11)
  11. Sally Goodin (3:59)
  12. Grey Eagle (3:10)
  13. General Lee (2:04)
  14. Kelly Waltz (2:34)
  15. Durang’s Hornpipe (2:28)
  16. Raindrop Waltz (2:50)
  17. Hand Organ Hornpipe (1:47)
  18. Wind that Shakes the Barley Reel (1:47)
  19. Forty Years Ago Waltz (3:06)
  20. Lamplighter’s Hornpipe (1:20)
  21. Tom and Jerry (2:40)
  22. The Waltz You Saved For Me (2:18)
  23. Kansas City Rag (1:37)
  24. Lost Indian (1:44)
  25. Sally Johnson (3:16)
  26. Limerock - Old Version (1:20)
  27. Clarinet Polka (2:07)
  28. Grigsby’s Hornpipe (3:14)
  29. Johnny Don’t Go Waltz (2:43)
  30. Hoss and Hoss (1:46)
  31. General Longstreet (1:43)
  32. American Hornpipe (1:18)
  33. Hawk’s Got a Chicken (1:08)

The CD is available for $15 plus shipping and handling.


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