Ralph Whited – Old Time Alabama Fiddling – FRC717

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Description

Ralph Whited (1919-1994) was a farmer who lived his entire life in Oneonta, AL, in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains, below Sand Mountain and north of Birmingham. When he was 18, Ralph heard someone playing the fiddle. “I just thought, ‘I wish I could do that,’ and I ordered a fiddle from Sears and Roebuck. I believe it was $4.85.” Ralph learned many tunes from local fiddlers such as Roy and Luther Sanders, Hugh Allgood, Desso Baker, and Howard Stansberry, and he was a big fan of Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, too. In the 1980s, several friends and I hosted a traditional music show, “Homespun,” on WLRH public radio in Huntsville. Our friend Tom Jackson urged us to visit Mr. Whited, who “really puts a whole lot of fine fiddling in his tunes!” So, down to Mr. Whited’s house we went and recorded Ralph’s great fiddling! – Bob White

Additional Notes: Ralph Whited: Oneonta, Alabama (1919-1994) – Bio and Memoir by Joyce Cauthen

Track List

Ralph Whited – Old Time Alabama Fiddling

  1. Pretty Little Girl (1:29)
  2. Eighth of January (2:35)
  3. Sally Johnson (2:55)
  4. Bill Cheatham (1:48)
  5. Leather Britches (2:24)
  6. Run Boy Run (1:54)
  7. Luther Sanders’ Tune (1:57)
  8. Sourwood Mountain (1:49)
  9. Walking in My Sleep (1:43)
  10. Florida Blues (2:38)
  11. Cumberland Gap (1:58)
  12. Buzzard Wing (1:42)
  13. Hesitating Blues (2:00)
  14. Hamilton’s Special Breakdown (2:17)
  15. Arkansas Traveler (2:39)
  16. Whistling Rufus (2:49)
  17. Shortening Bread (1:27)
  18. Dance All Night (1:12)
  19. Willow Creek (2:21)
  20. Twinkle Star (2:11)
  21. Grey Eagle (2:17)
  22. Wednesday Night Waltz (2:22)
  23. The Girl I Left Behind (2:40)
  24. Ragtime Annie (1:41)
  25. Sugar Tree Stomp (2:05)
  26. Sally Goodin (3:00)
  27. Redwing (2:15)
  28. Crowfoot (2:03)
  29. Katy Hill (1:26)
  30. Cripple Creek (1:38)
  31. Fireball Mail (1:36)
  32. Too Young to Marry (2:07)
  33. Shoot That Turkey Buzzard (2:26)
  34. Soldier’s Joy – Chicken Reel (3:01)