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From: "John Ross" <[log in to unmask]>
> Two related questions:
> First, I've just acquired an LP by the great Texas fiddler Benny
> Thomasson, entitled "Benny Thomasson Volume Two" on the John's label
> (BT-48015A), copyright 1980, "recorded at Gillian Studio, Chandler,
> Oklahoma." I can't find anything about this record -- I knew Benny
> Thomasson, and I work closely with Voyager Records in Seattle, who issued
> several other BT records, but I'd like to know more about this one.
> Anybody know this label? Any other information? Has anybody ever seen
> Volume One?
> And second, a more general question about fiddle records. Is there any
> kind of comprehensive discography of old-time fiddle recordings? It seems
> like many of them were vanity issues, on tiny labels, issued by local
> fiddlers' groups or contests, or otherwise out of mainstream distribution.
> Has anybody assembled a list of these things?
The BIG problem here is separating the gazillions of "pseudo-fiddling"
records (usually of "jigs & reels") cut by label's "house violinists"...from
the ACTUAL "fiddling" records, which didn't appear until the very early