Across the Blue Ridge #47 - A great and overlooked fiddler and the harmonica in old time music

Across the Blue Ridge #47 - A great and overlooked fiddler and the harmonica in old time music

2:02pm Nov 18, 2016
Tommy Jackson (3rd from left) was the fiddler who defined the Nashville session style, backing stars including Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. But he died nearly forgotten in 1979.
findagrave.com & Kim Inboden

Tommy Jackson established the Nashville studio session fiddle style with his long bow, fluid double stops, and virtuosic fingering.  But he died in his 50s in 1979 nearly forgotten – because of his success.  So many other musicians copied him and fought for studio work that Jackson, perhaps overexposed, found it hard by the 1970s to get studio work of his own.  This week we hear some of his music, including great square dance tunes, and come to understand how many people he influenced.  Also on the show, some wonderful heart songs, and a consideration of the harmonica in old time music, from blues to dance tunes to ballads. 

Episode 47 Playlist

  1. Crazy Creek
    Tommy Jackson
    Square Dance Tonight
     
  2. Tomahawk
    Tommy Jackson
    Square Dance Tonight
     
  3. Tomahawk
    Ward Jarvis
    Ward Jarvis
     
  4. Icy Mountain
    Ward Jarvis
    Ward Jarvis
     
  5. Willow Tree
    Riley Baugus
    Long Steel Rail
     
  6. Long Time Gone
    Dixie Chicks
    Home
     
  7. Break 1
    Cider
    Riley Baugus
    Life Of Riley
     
  8. Waynesboro
    Chance McCoy 
    Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band
     
  9. Sunny Side of Life
    Strange Creek Singers
    The Strange Creek Singers
     
  10. I Heard The Bluebirds Sing
    Beverly Smith & John Grimm
    The Sound Of The Whip-Poor-Whill
     
  11. Stepstones
    Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin
    Blue Lightning
     
  12. Carolina Hornpipe
    Tim Smith
    Straight From The Heart
     
  13. The White Dove
    Ralph Stanley & Porter Wagoner
    Clinch Mountain Country Vol. 2
     
  14. Fisher's Hornpipe
    Bob Carlin & Kirk Sutphin
    The Boys From North Carolina
     
  15. Break 2
    Big Foot
    Rafe & Clelia Stefanini
    Never Seen the Like
     
  16. Brownsville Blues
    John Cephas & Phil Wiggins
    Masters Of The Piedmont Blues
     
  17. Low Down Blues
    Neal Pattman
    Classic Harmonica Blues
     
  18. Barbara Allen Blues
    Roscoe Holcomb
    Classic Harmonica Blues
     
  19. Cripple Creek
    George Pegram & Walter Parham
    Good Old Mountain Dew
     
  20. Mule Team
    Garry Harrison
    Red Prairie Dawn