To help understand the difference between Texas Style fiddling and other styles, the following consists of an email conversation I had with Tom Weisgerber where we attempted to explain the relationship between Texas Style fiddlers and their guitar players. Along the way, we also delved into some of the actual mechanics of the guitar style […]
I received my Master of Humanities graduate degree in the spring of 1994, a course of study I chose because it allowed me to combine the disciplines of Communication and Music Business. By the early nineties, it seemed clear that Texas Style Fiddling was no longer confined to Texas itself but was spreading to other […]
After much thought, I decided that in its own twisted way even Facebook has played a large enough role in this curious episode regarding the ongoing mystery over the whereabouts of Terry Morris’ guitar to be included as a means of partially displaying the usually unfortunate results when outsiders feel the need to involve themselves […]
The great guitar mystery is simple to ask, and deeply revealing in its solution. Why did Chris Daring, end up owning Terry Morris’ guitar after he passed away in 1988? And, when his widow Debra, asked me if I would like to have his guitar, I asked her, “Why me?” She responded by saying: “Chris, […]
In 1999, I asked Lilous Riley if she would send me a letter containing a little bit of the history of Texas fiddling. For those of you who don’t know her: at that time, Lilous was in her seventies, lived in Childress, Texas, and was married to Texas fiddler, Bartow Riley. Prior to this marriage, […]
The term “Fiddlebot” was created by a group of Chris’ teenage fiddle students who understood and practiced creativity when playing music in jam sessions and during fiddle contests. Unfortunately, they often placed behind other contestants who they considered to be technicians instead of musicians. Meaning, a technician could only produce an overly practiced, memorized, and relatively short version of a small list of songs designed for use in fiddle contests, while musicians had a large song list and actively sought to vary the length and breadth of any song performed during a jam session, fiddle contest, or other performance.