Casey Jones - Rocky Road to Jordan (MSOTFA 102)

by Casey Jones - fiddle, Lena Hughes - banjo

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Casey Jones was born in northwest Missouri on April 23, 1910. His father, John, was a fiddler and banjo player. Both of Casey’s uncles and his aunt on his father’s side played fiddle. All of Casey’s siblings played the fiddle and/or rhythm instruments.
Dancing and music making were a constant in their home, which served as a gathering place for fiddlers from counties around. Lena Hughes, Casey’s sister, recollected their dad presiding over the get-togethers, and teaching the kids from the earliest age to dance the old-time schottische.
Casey started learning the fiddle as a youngster. Lena remembers him sitting up late at night in the kitchen practicing tunes. When he would get stumped by a tune he would go into his parents bedroom and wake up his dad, begging him to show him the tune again. John Jones would patiently sit up in bed and play through the melody a couple of more times. Casey would then return to the kitchen and resume his practice.
When Casey was seventeen his family took him to Shenandoah, Iowa, to participate in one of the radio fiddle contests sponsored by Henry Field Seed Company over KFNF. Casey won second place. He traveled back the next year and not only won, but garnered an offer from Henry Field to come work for him and play in a regular slot on the Field’s radio program. Casey accepted the job and went on to work for Field’s for nearly twenty years. Lena Hughes remember going up to Shenandoah to visit and accompanying Casey on the banjo.
Casey was a popular dance fiddler and played at many dances over four decades. He was also an avid contest fiddler in later years and won his share of awards. Casey played and judged at some of the first national competitions held at Weiser, Idaho, going back to the 1960s.
Casey died June 27, 1987.

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released May 1, 2015

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