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Texas Fiddle Legends

Texas Fiddle Legends
Benny Thomasson and Dick Barrett

Yazoo 517; Video; Ordering Information

Benny Thomasson and Dick Barrett are featured here in a rare concert of Texas fiddling filmed in the early 1970s. Benny Thomasson was born in 1909 and grew up in the cattle country south of Abilene, Texas. Many of the tunes in his extensive repertoire can be traced back to his father and grandfather. His father luke was a well known fiddler, and Benny remembered at an early age listening to his father "working tunes out" and trying to improve on them. Although Benny has been playing fiddle from the time he could hold one up without droppping it, he didn't enter his first big contest until the late 1920s. When he didn't receive any notice in that competition, he went home and resolved to work up variation son the old tunes until he got the recognition he sought, and he never stopped. Always willing to teach and share his style with others, over the years Benny was instrumental in disseminating this Texas-based style that wins so many major fiddle competitions around the U.S. today. Dick Barrett is one of contemporary America's premier exponents of Texas style fiddling and has taken top prize in countless competitions.

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