Red Williams - Dallas Fiddler (MSOTFA 116)

by Red Williams

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Red Williams was one of many fiddlers recorded by R. P. Christeson in the 1950s using a Webster wire recorder. R. P. had many of his wires converted to 78 rpm records. These recordings of Red Williams were among those that R. P. shared with me. I copied several of these onto reel-to-reel tape at R. P.'s home in Auxvasse, MO, in 1976 or thereabouts as he played them for me on a 78 rpm phonograph. It was an “open-air” duplication so you can hear R. P. talking in the background on a few of them.
R. P. wrote the following about Williams in the foreword to his landmark collection of fiddle tunes, The Old Time Fiddlers Repertory (University of Missouri Press, 1973):
Red Williams of Dallas, Texas, was stationed at the Lincoln, Nebraska, Air Base in World War II. He built a reputation around Lincoln as a good fiddler, and I visited him in Dallas in 1950. Red Assembled the group he usually played with and recorded a large amount of Texas fiddling. After studying the recordings made at the Texas Fiddlers Convention that same year, I believe Red could take care of himself at a fiddler's contest anywhere in Texas.
As recorded by R. P. Christeson in Dallas, Texas in 1950.

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released April 27, 2015

Original recordings by R. P. Christeson
Digitized and Mastered by Charlie Walden
Biography by Charlie Walden

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