Title

John Hartford's Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes. Compiled and narrated by Matt Combs, Katie Harford Hogue, and Greg Reish,. StuffWorks Press Inc., 2018

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

8-1-2020

School

Music

Abstract

In the book's formal introduction (1–19), Reish summarizes the purpose of the book: to tell “the story of John's lifelong love affair with the fiddle, its music, its people” related “through the memories of people who knew him and shared this love, through the thoughts and observations about fiddle music that John left behind and most importantly through the original tunes that he composed for the instrument” (2). Music stand wires routinely deployed to keep folios of sheet music open are not strong enough, but the large type of elongated clothes pin made for band members performing outdoors in the wind do the trick. Hartford's enduring love of rivers and river boats inspired his beautiful love song “Delta Queen Waltz” (66–67; Hartford gives a great performance currently available on YouTube).

Publication Title

Journal of the Society for American Music

Volume

14

Issue

4

First Page

364

Last Page

366

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