Red River Valley – 4:10 – Traditional Canadian Folk Song (Vocal, Western Swing, Cowboy Music, Swing, Classic Country)
Vi: Red River Valley is a Cowboy Music classic. And, it is the song that gave me an appreciation for playing beautiful simple songs. A simple song played well can connect with people better than any technical masterpiece. You can read about my connection to this song more in my fiddle tune a day entry.
Justin: A great melody from the western music canon. We dusted up the chords on this a little and made it swing, western style!
…They play so beautifully together that it’s hard to imagine these two award winning fiddlers are not twins. I love this!
Folk Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
…This wonderful album will surely touch your heart and feet!
Dr. David “Doc” Wallace
Violist/Fiddler/Strings Department Chair, Berklee College of Music
About the Album
Bringing together old time fiddling and the spirit of western swing, Vi Wickam and Justin Branum team up to capture that heart and soul of the old west.
Vi and Justin first met playing in fiddle contests around the mid-west, and became fast friends. They each appreciated the other’s musicianship, and musical sensibilities.
When Vi moved back to Colorado in 2009, the one thing he missed about living in Indiana was getting to jam with his fiddle buddies, and particularly Justin.
In 2016, when Justin and Vi formed an impromptu duet at the National Twin Fiddle Championships and finished in the top 5 overall, the inspiration for this album was born.
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