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Old Time Starters
« on: May 31, 2005, 09:10:44 AM »
There was a request for an 'old time starter kit' made on a post here.

I'm more into old time than blues, and looked over the recommendations with much interest--some great suggestions!   I've also had the good fortune to play with some of the old time masters and 'authorities'- always interesting and fun. (Lee Stripling still plays his daddy's tunes, and is always up for some pickin')

I'd recommend looking over the following site.

 So much of what we think of roots/old time is fiddle based, that listening and playing this music will give you a better sense of where groups like the Carters were coming from. (and make listening to them actually enjoyable ..)

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2005, 09:20:56 AM »
Welcome to Weenie Campbell Satchel.. and thanks for the link!

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2005, 11:12:53 AM »

 Another great source for some of the fiddle-based music is the "Roots Of American Fiddle Music" MP3's for sale at

   Hundreds and hundreds of recordings.  I have bought copies and highly recommend them to everybody.

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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2005, 01:01:02 PM »
Those are good links, and there's a wealth of good old-time music available on the web. has hundreds of great mp3 files available for the unbeatable price of free.  There are also good web-radio stations playing old-time music exclusively.  Check out for example. 

For those willing to shell out a few bucks, the all-time best starter-kit (IMHO) is the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music, originally issued in 1952.  Man, it's good!


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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2005, 01:59:25 PM »
Welcome Charlie!

I had not seen the link before -- very interesting.  If you have a spare minute please add it to our Weblinks section (Submit Weblink on your User Menu).

Sugarinthegourd is a great oldtime station and in fact was the inspiration for Weenie Juke Radio. 


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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007, 07:56:54 PM »
I just stumbled upon this site, wading through the 100s of free mp3s . . . really great music on here . . .

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