Louisiana Fiddlers

By Ron Yule
With contributions from Bill Burge

With contributions from Mary Evans
and Kevin S. Fontenot
and Shawn Martin
and Billy McGee

368 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 165 b&w photographs,bibliography, index

978-1-60473-295-5 Cloth $40.00S

Cloth, $40.00

Profiles sixty-two of the Pelican State's most notable fiddlers of the twentieth century

Louisiana Fiddlers shines light on sixty-two of the bayou state's most accomplished fiddlers of the twentieth century. Author Ron Yule outlines the lives and times of these performers, who represent a multitude of fiddling styles including Cajun, country, western swing, zydeco, bluegrass, Irish, contest fiddling, and blues.

Featuring over 150 photographs, this volume provides insight into the "fiddlin' grounds" of Louisiana. Yule chronicles the musicians' varied appearances from the stage of the Louisiana Hayride, honky tonks, dancehalls, house dances, radio and television, and festivals, to the front porch and other more casual venues. The brief sketches include observations on musical travels, recordings, and family history.

Nationally acclaimed fiddlers Harry Choates, Dewey Balfa, Dennis McGee, Michael Doucet, Rufus Thibodeaux, and Hadley Castille share space with relatively unknown masters such as Mastern Brack, "Cheese" Read, John W. Daniel, and Fred Beavers. Each player has helped shape the region's rich musical tradition.

Ron Yule is an independent student of fiddle history and a country fiddler living in DeRidder, Louisiana. His books include When the Fiddle Was King; Iry Lejeune: Wailin' the Blues Cajun Style; My Fiddlin' Grounds; and Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame Book.

368 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 165 b&w photographs,bibliography, index