Old-Time Fiddlers & Musicians of Missouri

with Photos, Audio Samples, Links and Off-the-Cuff Commentary

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Walter Alexander      
An Ozarks Fiddler.

Liz Amos      

Kenny Applebee      
Guitar accompanist and fiddler from Rush Hill, Audrain Co. MO.  Has backed up many fine Missouri fiddlers in contests.  Played a lot with Pete McMahan. 

Earl Ball      
       
Dr. Walter Bone      
Old-time fiddler and veteranarian from Pineville, McDonald Co., Missouri. Ozarks.
Nolan Boone      
Fiddler from Mexico, Audrain Co., MO.  Used to play in contests and dances with his wife accompanying on the piano.  Best known for playing the tune Aunt Mary's Hornpipe.

Emily Buckhannon      
       
Kenneth "Polly" Burre     more info...
Fiddler and popular contest MC from Tebbetts in Holt Co., MO.  Also liked to repair musical instruments.

Pete "Pierre" Boyer      
       
Luther Caldwell      
       
Bill Caton (also Katon)      
       
R. P. Christeson      
       
Bill Conley      
       
Buck Cuno      
       
Earl Collins      
       
Bill Driver      
       
Roy "Bill" Eddy      
       
Lyman Enloe      
       
Mike Fraser      
       
Art Galbraith      
       
Chris German (Germain)     website
       
Joe Gerst      
       
Simey Gerst      
       
Jimmy Gilmore      
       
Tony Gilmore      
       
Cecil Goforth      
       
Gene Goforth      
       
Dr. Jimmy Gray      
Dr. Gray was an oral surgeon and fiddler from St. Louis.  I went to visit him once with John Griffin at his home in suburban St. Louis County.  He was in his eighties at the time.  It was damn hot day and we watch Jimmy as he watered a large pumpkin vine and brought it back from a severely wilted condition. 

Dr. Gray played many unique tunes.  Kingery Hornpipe was one such set in the key of A, which I transcribed and gave to R. P. Christeson for inclusion in his second volume.  Interestingly, Dr. Gray was the originator of Gray's Solution, which was a cure for gingivitis.  He reveled in showing John Griffin and I a photo album full of before and after shots of people's bad gums!

John Griffin      
       
Dwight Grover      
       
Bob Hagan      
       
Steve Hall      
       
John Hartford     website
       
Carol Hascall      
       
Clifford Hawthorne      
       
George Helton      
       
Ike Helton      
       
Warren Helton      
       
W. O. Hickam      
       
Jake Hockemeyer      
Referred to by some as the "left-handed dutchman", Jake Hockemeyer was one of the great old-time fiddlers from the Little Dixie region of Missouri when I was young.  He was from Mokane in Cole County and played left-handed "over the bass". 

His signature tune was Marmaduke's Hornpipe. I think I have never heard it played better than he could.  He also played Fisher's Hornpipe in F really nicely (R. P. Christeson admired Jake's playing and once said he played Fisher's like Heifitz!).  He had a particularly nice version of Peek-a-boo Waltz, as well, which if you closed your eyes while listening you might envision a slowly turning water wheel.

Bob Holt      
       
Jim Herd      
       
Travis Inman      
       
Raymond "Pick" Johnson      
       
Vesta Johnson      
       
Dean Johnson      
       
Gary Johnson      
       
Alton Jones      
       
Casey Jones      
       
Daniel Boone Jones      
       
Kelly Jones      
       
Paul Jones      
       
Sac River Jones      
       
Bill Kearns      
       
Francis Kepner      
       
Dwight Lamb (Iowa)     website
       
Vee Latty      
       
Jim Lansford     website
       
Amy LeGrand      
       
Harold Leek      
       
B. E. "Bunny" Marriott      
       
Junior Marriott      
       
Cody Marriott      
       
Howard "Rusty" Marshall     website
       
Taylor McBaine      
       
Pete McMahan      
       
Dave Morris      
Brother of George Morris

George Morris     more info...
The famous "fiddlin' sheriff" from Columbia, Boone Co., MO.

John Murdock      
       
Michelle Ogle      
       
Charlie Pasha      
       
Joe Pollite      
       
Dale Potter     more info...
Extra-ordinarily gifted and successful professional fiddle player from Puxico in Southeast Missouri.  He composed extremely difficult tunes incorporating extended double-stop passages beyond the capability of most country players (yours truly included), such as Fiddle Patch.  Not really Missouri-style per se, but still should be recognized as coming from the Missouri tradition.
Wade Ray      
       
Lonnie Robertson      
       
Geoff Seitz      
 
Paul Shikles      
       
Bill Shull      
       
Hollis Shumaker      
       
H. K. Silvey      
       
Pearl Sivetts      
       
Jimmy Skiles      
       
Virgil Smith     more info...
       
Claude Stearns      
       
Cyril Stinnett      
       
Pete Stinnett      
       
Alita Stoneking      
       
Fred Stoneking      
       
Lee Stoneking      
       
Howe Teague      
       
Ed Tharp      
       
Elliot Tharp      
       
Henry Taylor      
       
Rhona Vincent     website
       
Linton Vomund      
       
Bob Walsh      
       
Billy Ward      
       
Bob Walters     more info...
       
Gary Watson      
       
Barbara Weathers      
       
Gene Wells      
       
Henry Wells      
       
Lynn Wells      
       
Mike Wells      
       
John White      
       
Adrian Williams      
       
John Williams     website
       
Dolph Wilson      
       
Nile Wilson      
       
Doc Winagear      
       
Roy Wooliver      
       
Matt Wyatt