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Roots of American Fiddle Music - Early Fiddlers

EARLY FIDDLERS INDEX

Blue Ridge Highballers
Bogtrotters
Burnett & Rutherford
Charlie Bowman
Charlie Poole & the North Carolina Ramblers

Da Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters

Doc Roberts

Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters

Earl Johnson & His Dixie Clodhoppers

Fiddlin' Powers

Frank Blevins and His Tarheel Rattlers

Grinnel Giggers

Leake County Revelers
FIDDLER MAP
Seven Foot Dilly & His Dill Pickles
Skillet Lickers
Stripling Brothers
Uncle Dave Macon

Charlie Bowman & the Hillbillies
Charlie Bowman was born in 1889 in Fordtown, Tennessee and came from a talented family of musicians. In 1925 he joined the Hillbillies(Al and John Hopkins, Tony Alderman,, John Rector, and Jack Reedy in later sessions), also known as the Bucklebusters.  They became the first professional country string band to achieve wide popularity on both records and radio.  Charlie's version of "Nine Pound Hammer", was to become an immensely popular song, recorded by many such as Doc Watson and others.  He apparently learned the tune from a black railroad construction crew in East Tennessee around  1925.  He added to it and reworked it with Al Hopkins and they recorded it for Brunswick in 1927.  The Hillbillies employed many different musicians during their career and at one point convinced Uncle Am Stuart to join them briefly, as well as the Roe Brothers, with steel guitar player FrankWilson.  They toured widely in the south and north in the mid 1920's and disbanded around 1932, but Charlie and his brothers continued to perform and record as the Bowman Brothers.
 

Thanks to Charles Wolfe for additional information obtained from his book Tennessee Strings one of many of his important works on early country music  available at Amazon.
 

The following is in part from Jane Keefer's Folk Song Database.

The Hillbillies(Bucklebusters)
   Appearance as principal performer 

  1. Baby Your Time Ain't Long
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 9
  2. Betsy Brown
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 8
  3. Black Eyed Susie
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 7 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 17
  4. Blue Bell
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 19
  5. Blue Eyed Girl
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 20
  6. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 12
  7. Boating Up the Sandy
    • Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 (1972), cut # 4 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 22
  8. Bristol Tennessee Blues
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 9 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 22
  9. Buck Eyed Rabbits
    • Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 (1972), cut # 10 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 1
  10. Bug In The Taters
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 8
  11. Buffalo Gal(s)
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 13 
  12. Cackling Hen
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 16
  13. Carolina Moonshiner
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 20
  14. C. C. O. # 558
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 11 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 4
  15. Cindy
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 2 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 21
  16. Cluck Old Hen
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 10
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 18
  17. Cumberland Gap
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 2
  18. Cripple Creek
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track #3, # 11
  19. Daisies Won't Tell
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2,  Document DOCD-8040, track # 14
  20. Darling Nellie Gray
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 5
  21. Donkey On The Railroad Track
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 11
  22. Down The Old Meadow Lane
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 14
  23. Down To The Club
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2,  Document DOCD-8040, track # 15
  24. East Tennessee Blues
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 17
  25. Echoes Of The Chimes
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 21
  26. Fisher's Hornpipe
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 3 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 15
  27. Feller That Looked Like Me
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 3
  28. Georgie Buck
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 2
  29. Gideon's Band
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 15
  30. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 6
  31. Governer Alf Taylor's Fox Chase
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 18
  32. Hear Dem Bells
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 1
  33. Hickman Rag
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 13
  34. Johnson Boys
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 1
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 23
  35. Kitty Wells
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 9
  36. Kitty Waltz
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, DocumentDOCD-8040, track # 10
  37. Long Eared Mule
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track #  10
  38. Marosovia Waltz
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 21
  39. Medley Of Old Time Dance Tunes (Intro: Soldier's Joy - Turkey Buzzard - When You Go A Courtin')
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 24
  40. Mississippi Sawyer
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 12
  41. Mountaineer's Love Song
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 7
  42. Nine Pound Hammer
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 19
  43. Oh Where Is My Little Dog Gone
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document , track # 10
  44. Old Dan Tucker
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 16
  45. Old Joe Clark
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track #1, # 8
  46. Old Uncle Ned
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 16
  47. Old Time Cinda
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1, Document DOCD-8039, track # 5
  48. Polka Medly (Intro: Rocky Road To Dublin, Jenny Lind)
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3, Document DOCD-8041, track # 21
  49. Possum Up A Gum Stump, Cooney In The Hollow
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1, Document DOCD-8039, track # 14
  50. Ragged Annie
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 4
  51. Roll On The Ground
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 12
  52. Ride That Mule
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document , track # 7
  53. Round Town Girls
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 23
  54. Sally Ann
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 8 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 5
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 7
  55. She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 6
  56. Shoot the Turkey Buzzard
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 5 
  57. Silly Bill
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 6 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 2, # 9
  58. Sleep Baby Sleep
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 16
  59. Soldier's Joy
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 4 
  60. Sourwood Mountain
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 3
  61. Sweet Bunch Of Daisies
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2,  Document DOCD-8040, track # 13
  62. Texas Gals (Texas Gales)
    • Hillbillies, County 405 (), cut # 12 
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 5
  63. Walking in the Parlor
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 19
  64. Wasn't She A Dandy
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 11
  65. Western Country
    • Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 (1972), cut # 8 
  66. West Virginia Gals
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3, Document DOCD-8041, track # 18
  67. When You Were Sweet Sixteen
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 13
  68. Whoa! Mule
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039, track # 4
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040, track # 20
  69. Wild Hoss
    • Hill Billies / Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041, track # 23
   Side Performer Appearance


Charlie Bowman
   Appearance as principal performer

  1. Boys, My Money's All Gone
    • Old Time Fiddle Classics, County 507 (), cut # 4b 
  2. Forked Deer
    • Old Time Fiddle Classics, Vol. 2, County 527 (1973), cut # 1 
  3. Hickman's Rag
    • Tennessee Strings, Rounder 1033 (197?), cut # 2 
  4. Nancy Rowland 
    • Old Time Fiddle Classics, County 507 (), cut # 4a
  5. Raise a Ruckus (Tonight)
    • Old Time String Band (Old 78's Tape) - Vol. 2, (), cut # 28 
  6. Roll On Buddy
    • Old Time String Band (Old 78's Tape) - Vol. 2, (), cut # 27 
   Side Performer Appearance
    Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 

    Hillbillies, County 405 

    Roots N' Blues - The Retrospective (1925-50), Columbia Legacy 47911/47912-15 

    Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 1,  Document DOCD-8039

    Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 2, Document DOCD-8040

    Al Hopkins & Buckle Busters Vol 3,  Document DOCD-8041
     
     

Charlie Bowman and his Brothers
   Appearance as principal performer
  • Boys, My Money's All Gone
    • Roots N' Blues - The Retrospective (1925-50), Columbia Legacy 47911/47912-15 (1992), cut #1.20b 
  • Money Musk
    • Roots N' Blues - The Retrospective (1925-50), Columbia Legacy 47911/47912-15 (1992), cut #1.20a 
  • Roll On Buddy
    • Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 (1972), cut # 5 
Argil Bowman
   Side Performer Appearance
    Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 
Elbert Bowman
   Side Performer Appearance
    Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 

    Hillbillies, County 405 

J. W. Bowman
   Side Performer Appearance
    Fiddlers Convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, County 525 
 
 

 

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