Discography of Influential Fiddlers

Below is a discography of fiddle recordings that have been influential in the development of old-time fiddling in the USA during the 50s, 60s & 70s.  Particular consideration is given to Howdy Forrester and Tommy Jackson.  With the re-release of some of their classic recordings, they can influence a new generation of American fiddle players.

Howard "Howdy" Forrester Fiddlin' Country Style (Monaural UAL 3295, 1963)
  Grandmammy Look at Uncle Sam, Town & Country Fiddler, Memory Waltz, Howdy in Hickman County, Apple Blossom Polka, Pretty Polly Ann, Doc Harris Hornpipe, The Weeping Heart, Wild Fiddler's Rag, Cathy with the Raven Black Hair, The Last Waltz, Cluckin' Hen.

 

Howard "Howdy" Forrester The MGM Recordings
View Larger Image of HOWARD RUTLAND'S REEL, FIDDLER'S WALTZ, LEATHER BRITCHES, DOG IN THE RYE STRAW, BRILLIANCY, STRICTLY FORRESTER, HIGH LEVEL HORNPIPE, SALLY GOODIN', SAY OLD MAN, CRUEL WILLIE, CLARINET POLKA, GRAY EAGLE

This CD is available from www.countysales.com.

 

Howard "Howdy" Forrester Howdy's Fiddle and Howdy, Too! (Stoneway 127)
  Topeka Polka, Grey Eagle, Black & White Rag, Run Johnny Run, Cruel Willie, Durang's Hornpipe, Sally Goodin, Fiddler's Waltz, Trombone Rag, Bully of the Town, Brown Skin Gal, Build A Little Boat.

 

Tommy Jackson
Square Dance Festival. Vol. 1 (DOT LP 3330 - 1960)
   

 

Tommy Jackson Square Dance Festival Vol. 2  (DOT DLP-3331)
  Jackson's Hornpipe, Katy Hill, Leather Britches, Liberty, Old Joe Clark, Orange Blossom Special, Paddy on the Turnpike, Up Jumped Trouble, Put Your Little Foot Right Out, Rachel, Ryestraw, Rickett's Hornpipe, My Wubba Dolly.

 

Tommy Jackson
Square Dance Festival. Vol. 3 (Dot DLP 3532)
   

 

Tommy Jackson
Square dance jamboree (Hamilton HLP 129)
   

 

Tommy Jackson Square Dance Tonight (DOT DLP 3015)
Square Dance Tonight, Tommy Jackson Down Yonder, Listen to the Mockingbird, Alabama Jubilee, Tangleweed, Hamilton County Breakdown, Little Liza Jane, Camptown Races, Tomahawk, Don't Let the Deal Go Down, Dill Pickles, Crazy Creek, Cherokee Shuffle, Hoedown Polka, Busy Fingers, Casey Jones, Polk County Breakdown.

This recording is available on I-Tunes.

 

Tommy Jackson Swing Your Parter (DOT DLP 3454)
  White Water Jig, St. Anne's Reel, Romeo's First Change, Snow Shoes, Grandma's Chicken's Whiskey Before Breakfast, Red Apple Rag, Smith's Rag, Sugar Tree Stomp, Peacock Rag, Florida Blues, Sputnik Breakdown.

 

Tommy Jackson King of the Country Fiddlers - Square Dances w/o Calls
Square Dances Without Calls, Tommy Jackson Snowflake Reel, Little Ida Red, Run Johnny Run, Bitter Creek Breakdown, Fiddler's Dream, Clarinet Polka, Fourteen Days in Georgia, Acorn Hill Breakdown, Big Sandy, Stay A Little Longer, Done Gone, Jesse Polka.

This recording is available on I-Tunes.

 

Some of this information was gleaned from: http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/.  The rest is from records I own or have borrowed and recorded the discography information.  -- Charlie Walden