Lullaby of Birdland – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 174


One of the cool things about going to Weiser is the National Fiddle Contest. And, there is a whole lot more going on in Weiser than just the contest. I really enjoy jamming with the hippies and swing cats in Stickerville, and playing with all of the varieties of fiddling that goes on around the […]

Wild John – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 173


This was my first time participating in the Mini Masters Little Fiddle Contests, which is an unofficial (but important) part of the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. The Mini Masters happens late in the week, and is an opportunity for the fiddlers to blow off a little steam after an intense week of […]

Satan Takes a Holiday – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 172


It’s my last day judging at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest, and my last time to play in the judges show, so it was a perfect opportunity to play my fiddle tune a day from the stage. ¬†And, I was fortunate enough to be joined by Joey McKenzie on Guitar. I was hoping to […]

Gold Rush – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 171


I have spent the last couple of days judging the National Oldtime Fiddler’s Contest, and let me tell you, this is not a job for those who lack stamina. We start judging at 8:00AM, and don’t get done until 10:00PM or later. (They do give us some breaks, and food along the way, but it […]

Bee’s Wings Hornpipe – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 170


There’s really nothing in life quite like pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, and fiddle tune a day has been a great way for me to do this. We got today’s tune in just under the wire. It was recorded at 11:46PM with me, Lydia, Terry Ludiker, and Bob Gardner. We pulled it off just […]

Cornstalk Hornpipe – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 169


Today, I’m playing a tune that I wrote a few years back. I clearly remember calling Bill Jones, Ed Carnes, and Matt Wyatt to see if it was a tune that any of them recognized. (It’s not uncommon for fiddlers to write a tune from their subconscious that someone else has already written.) None of […]

Ragtime Annie – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 168


Today, Steve Eulberg and I played our first Streetmosphere gig of the year. It’s a really cool program, that I hope other cities adopt. The city of Fort Collins pays musicians and other performers to entertain on the streets of Old Town Fort Collins every weekend all summer long. Steve is a great Dulcimer player […]

Hotfoot – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 167


I don’t have a tone of history with Hotfoot. I have a few memories. I remember hearing some of my friends play it at Weiser when I was a teenager, and I remember Texas Shorty (Jim Chancellor) play a great version of Hotfoot at the Grand Lake National Fiddle Contest one year. I learned Hotfoot […]

Gardenia Waltz- Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 166


Gardenia Waltz is one of the prettiest (and hardest) waltzes that I play. Johnny Gimble can write a heck of a tune. The guitar chords to Gardenia Waltz are especially beautiful, and Brent Hawley just loves playing them – so much so that he asks me to play it just about every time we play […]

Black Pine Waltz – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 165


Black Pine Waltz is more than just a little way off the beaten path when it comes to waltzes. The structure is non-standard. The chords are a little bit strange (and you are unlikely to find a guitar player who knows it at most contests you go to.) And, I think it’s a cool tune, […]