Across the Blue Ridge #18 - Merle Haggard, old time fiddler

Across the Blue Ridge #18 - Merle Haggard, old time fiddler

4:00pm Apr 29, 2016
Country music star Merle Haggard was more than a great singer. He was also an interesting and very traditional-sounding fiddler.
Capitol Records, Public Domain

On this edition of Across the Blue Ridge, host Paul Brown guides you through a heartwarming selection of old time and traditional music from great artists including Ola Belle Reed; Janet Beazley; Lightnin’ Wells and more.  Plus, we take a moment to hear the fiddle playing of the late country music star Merle Haggard.  Many people don’t even know he played the fiddle.  But Haggard did learn to do just that, with a down-home traditional sound and his typical outstanding sense of rhythm and phrasing.  Haggard also dedicated an entire album to his favorite fiddler, Texas swing master Bob Wills.


Program 18 Playlist

  1. Frankie – Buddy Thomas
    Kitty Puss: Old-Time Fiddle Music From Kentucky
    Rounder Records 2011
     
  2. Tennessee Breakdown – Rafe & Clelia Stefanini
    Never Seen The Like
    Yodel-Ay-Hee 2008
     
  3. Old Ebenezer Scrooge – Fletcher Bright & Bill Evans
    Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us
    Native & Fine Records 2016
     
  4. Someone Took My Place With You – Flatt & Scruggs
    Flatt & Scruggs 1948-59 Volume 3
    Bear Family 1991
     
  5. Fiddle Breakdown – Merle Haggard
    45 RPM disc
    MCA 1981
     
  6. Right Or Wrong – Merle Haggard
    Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player
    Capitol Nashville 2010
     
  7. Stay A Little Longer – Merle Haggard
    Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player
    Capitol Nashville 2010
     
  8. BREAK 1
    Dixon County Blues #2 – Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners
    Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners
    County Records 2002
     
  9. Hot Corn – Moonshine Holler (Bill Dilloff, Paula Bradley)
    Moonshine Holler Album of Old Time Melodies
    Montana Peak 2015
     
  10. Hillbilly Highway – Carol Elizabeth Jones
    Cataloochee
    5-String 2008
     
  11. Banjo Pickin’ Girl – Laurelyn Dossett
    Lullabies and Leave-Takings
    Independent release
     
  12.  Don’t You Leave Me Here – Lightnin’ Wells
    Shake ‘Em On Down
    CD Baby 2008
     
  13. Black Eyed Susie – James Reams & the Barnstormers
    Barnstormin’
    Copper Creek 2001
     
  14. BREAK 2 
    Birch Brook Exit – James Reams & the Barnstormers
    Barnstormin’
    Copper Creek 2001
     
  15. Cumberland Gap – Morgan Sexton
    Shady Grove
    June Appal 1995
     
  16. Twin Sisters – Sidna Myers
    Clawhammer Banjo Volume 2
    County Records 1995
     
  17. Nitches Over The Hill – Wade Ward
    High Atmosphere
    Rounder Records 1995
     
  18. South – Janet Beazley
    5 South
    Backcountry Music 2005
     
  19. Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures – Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
    Man of Constant Sorrow
    County 2001