Ozark Mountain Waltz (MSOTFA 001)

by Pete McMahan - fiddle, Mickey Soltys - guitar

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Pete McMahan was Missouri’s premier old-time contest fiddlers from the mid-60s through the 1990s. Since his rise to prominence he won or placed in many national and state fiddling competitions. His credits include: Missouri State Fiddle Champion (four times), Missouri Senior Fiddle Champion, Tennessee Valley Fiddle King, Kentucky State Champion and Tennessee State Champion. He also won innumerable titles at county fairs and town picnics throughout Missouri.
Born on November 18, 1918, near Bluffton in Montgomery County, Missouri, his first musical influence was a local farmer, Clark Atterbury. Atterbury was a man of large stature who played the fiddle with great finesse despite his huge fingers. He was an excellent dance player and instilled the steady rhythm required on the puncheon floor to his young protégé, a characteristic evident in McMahan’s playing.
In his retirement Pete continued to be in demand not only as a contestant, but as a judge at fiddling contests throughout the Midwest. Wherever he traveled he took his unique approach to “Missouri Fiddlin’” and was an ambassador for the Missouri sound. He was a participant in the Folk Art Apprenticeship program and received great pleasure from teaching and encouraging aspiring players.
Pete McMahan died on February 11, 2000.

Pete is accompanied by Mickey Soltys on guitar. Soltys, a native of Kentucky, is an accomplished guitarist playing both rhythm and lead. He is also an excellent old time and Irish-style fiddler. In 2014 he won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship.
Previously issued on cassette in 1987.

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released April 20, 2015

Recordists: Howard Marshall & Amy Skillman, Cover Design: Joel Chrisman, Biography: Charlie Walden, Cover Photo: Amy Skillman.

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