Taylor McBaine - Boone County Fiddler (MSOTFA 002)

by Taylor McBaine - fiddle; John Stewart - guitar; Forrest Rose - bass



It has been said that there were once more old-time fiddlers per acre in Boone and neighboring Callaway county than any others in the country. This region of central Missouri could boast not only quantity, but quality, as well. From this fertile ground sprung the likes of the “Fiddlin’ Sherrif” George Morris, Vee Latty, the Tharp brothers and champion fiddler Daniel Boone Jones. It is from this legacy of Show-Me state giants that Taylor McBaine drew his unique musical style and repertoire.
Born in 1991 in a log cabin just north of Columbia, Taylor was surrounded by a rich musical tradition. He began playing at age five emulating his father and uncle. He became a consummate old-time dance fiddler with a hard driving style particularly suited to the demands of a mid-Missouri “kitchen sweat.”
In addition to his prowess as a player of breakdowns, Taylor was seldom matched in playing waltzes and popular selections. He used every inch of his bow and rendered these pieces with authority. The listener should pay particular attention to his rendition of Western Waltz on this recording. The McBaine sound really comes through as he exhibits his technical ability by executing this difficult tune in the key of Eb! The sheer power and authority of his playing has been likened to the legendary Clark Kessinger of West Virginia.
Taylor was an important influence in his retirement years on a younger generation of players. He recognized the importance of encouraging young people in preserving the old tunes he loved so dearly. Among his musical protégés were Cathy Barton, Chris Germain, John Murdoch, Bill Shull and Charlie Walden. He also enjoyed receiving and entertaining students from Stephens College, which was situated near his home.
Taylor was an active member of the Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association. He attended many jam session and contests in support of his craft. He was a three-time state champion.
Taylor was a retired electrician from the University of Missouri with 35 years of service. He attended Wilkes Blvd Methodist Church and was a member of a local Masonic lodge. Taylor McBaine died in 1994.
This recording features Taylor’s fine fiddling is excellently accompanied by John G. Stewart on guitar and Forrest Rose on bass. Listeners should note the use of the old-time Missouri accompaniment pattern used throughout this recording.
Previous issued on cassette in 1987.


released April 18, 2015



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