Mountain Fiddler by U.S. Senator Robert Byrd

Well known as the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, the late West Virginia U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd had another fascinating side: a love of fiddling that he acquired at an early age growing up in the mountains of West Virginia.  In 1977, after recording some fiddle tunes for the Library of Congress, the Senator was persuaded to make a commercial recording of some of his music thus the album Mountain Fiddler released in 1978 in vinyl format on the County Records label then on August 3, 2010, this album was released on CD. Joining Senator Byrd on this album are three members of the popular bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen to provide backing for Byrd which is Doyle Lawson on guitar, James Bailey on banjo, and Spider Gilliam on bass fiddle.  This twelve track which is now considered a collector’s item features such tracks as Turkey In The Straw, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Old Joe Clark, Will The Circle Be Unbroken and much more.  This release was well performed, recorded and produced and is a great item for your bluegrass library.  This album is presently available on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon and many other music outlets.

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