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Apr 26, 2020 - 5:21:33 PM
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54 posts since 9/23/2019

A few months ago, I picked up an old reel-to-reel tape that was full of string band music. I finally got around to digitizing it today (I seem to have a lot of free time lately!). According to a voice on the recordings, it was recorded at the home of Ed Jennings in North Platte, NE in 1967.

I know it's a long shot, but does anybody have any information on this? There are some other names scrawled on the back.


Apr 26, 2020 - 6:16:17 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23762 posts since 6/25/2005

The best-known Nebraska fiddler is probably Bob Walters, but I think he lived near the Missouri border, well east of North Platte. I didn’t see his name on the tape box..

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:25:41 AM

carlb

USA

2120 posts since 12/16/2007

I looked through the names of the fiddlers in R.P. Christeson's "The Old Time Fiddler's Repertory" and didn't spot any, though it doesn't mean that I might have missed one.

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:40:39 AM
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RG

USA

3042 posts since 8/7/2008

You might try to contact Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer though their website, Tricia might know...

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:18:25 PM

55002 posts since 12/14/2005

Unless I have been misinformed, there is a FIDDLERS' HangOut.
Some of those guys & gals might actually be ON that tape.

Free to ASK.

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:38:24 AM
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carlb

USA

2120 posts since 12/16/2007

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Unless I have been misinformed, there is a FIDDLERS' HangOut.
Some of those guys & gals might actually be ON that tape.

Free to ASK.


Done. It's now a topic on FHO.

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:55:48 AM

carlb

USA

2120 posts since 12/16/2007

From Lew Stern over at FHO

Hi Carl. I'd recommend trying the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. I know, from my own personal experience, that they can come up with credible answers and possible connections to some of the most arcane folklorish questions - and I've asked them plenty of those . . . Might be worth a try.

Start with Todd Harvey. tharvey@loc.gov

loc.gov/folklife/directory.html

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:07:53 PM

Nickcd

UK

216 posts since 1/28/2018

Are you going to upload the audio for a listen?

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:12:53 PM
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54 posts since 9/23/2019

Sure! It's about three hours worth of music, but I'll seperate out some tracks this weekend.

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:34:36 AM
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RG

USA

3042 posts since 8/7/2008

Once again, I would suggest you reach out to Tricia Spencer, her grandfather was a renowned Midwestern fiddler, and she and Howard have done a lot of research in this area, plus they're about two of the nicest folks you'll ever meet... be a lot quicker than dealing with the LOC I would imagine...

https://www.spencerandrains.com
 

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:03:58 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by RG

Once again, I would suggest you reach out to Tricia Spencer, her grandfather was a renowned Midwestern fiddler, and she and Howard have done a lot of research in this area, plus they're about two of the nicest folks you'll ever meet... be a lot quicker than dealing with the LOC I would imagine...

https://www.spencerandrains.com
 

I would agree.  I can't imagine this would be a priority for the LOC! 


Apr 30, 2020 - 11:11:47 AM
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RG

USA

3042 posts since 8/7/2008

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Originally posted by szbassoon
quote:
Originally posted by RG

Once again, I would suggest you reach out to Tricia Spencer, her grandfather was a renowned Midwestern fiddler, and she and Howard have done a lot of research in this area, plus they're about two of the nicest folks you'll ever meet... be a lot quicker than dealing with the LOC I would imagine...

https://www.spencerandrains.com
 

I would agree.  I can't imagine this would be a priority for the LOC! 


 


They would probably love to hear that tape.  Tell them Rick said "hello."

May 1, 2020 - 2:26:50 AM
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436 posts since 9/9/2006

I was also going to suggest asking Tricia Spencer about that tape. Her grandmother, Iona Spencer, Vernon Spencer's wife, also played fiddle as well as guitar and mandolin, and she's still alive. In fact, all of us Skeleton Keys (Howard and Tricia's band on their last few CDs) visited Iona at a rest home and played for her a few years ago. Iona's quite old and not in good health, but she might know and remember some of the folks mentioned on that tape, if Tricia herself doesn't know, and Tricia would probably be happy to ask her if she thinks Iona's might know.

Another person who may remember those Nebraska musicians is Dwight Lamb of Onawa, Iowa, who is also up in his 90s and still playing fiddle and button accordion. Tricia and Howard know Dwight well, so I imagine they'd be happy to ask him if he recognizes any of those names or knows anything about them.

One other person who comes to mind is Bob Bovee, who lives in southern Minnesota. I believe Bob grew up in Nebraska, and he's very knowledgeable about Midwestern old-time music.

Please send me a private message if you'd like any help in contacting Tricia Spencer or Bob Bovee.

P. S. I'd love to hear that tape as well!

Edited by - BrendanD on 05/01/2020 02:29:20

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