I have judged a lot of fiddle contests, and one of my favorite characters to have met at a fiddle contest is J.C. Hounshell. I had the opportunity to judge the Grand Lake National Fiddling Championships with J.C. a few years back. After the contest, we went back to the Grand hotel with Gayle and LaRue Hopson and played some tunes. I had a great time learning (new to me) old fiddle tunes from J.C, and am so appreciative of having that chance.
Grain Valley Waltz is one of the tunes he played for me that night. I really love how old-timey it sounds, and the fact that it’s a Bb Waltz with the second part in G minor. I am thankful that I had the chance to learn this tune from J.C.
* NOTE: I erroneously wrote that JC had passed away, and have been gratefully corrected by Deena Bistadeau. Thanks, Deena. And, Sorry, JC. I’m glad to hear that you are doing well.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and if you are up to it, record your own version of it, and post it as a reply to my video…
As a side note, I have searched for this song on the Internet, and haven’t found another recording of it. I did find a reference to Grain Valley Missouri, so there is a decent chance that this tune references that location.