Vesta Johnson with Steve Hall – North Missouri Dance Fiddling – FRC715

$15.00

Quantity discounts
1-4 5-9 10+
$15.00 $14.00 $12.50

Description

A fourth generation old-time musician, Vesta Johnson began playing fiddle in 1929, at the age of 7. She was taught by her father, mother, aunts and uncles, and other respected fiddlers from around Linn County, Missouri. She only plays by ear and never learned to read music. Vesta will tell you that she’s played at jams, contests, and festivals “everywhere,” and she still gives lessons to both adults and children. In the last 45 years, she has performed or taught in Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, “Ioway,” and at festivals, camps, and concert venues across the United States. What makes Vesta unique as a fiddler is far more than her age and gender. She has an extensive repertoire; uncanny sense of timing; penchant for form, especially bowing; and an undying commitment to Missouri dance fiddling. – Adapted from Vesta’s NEA National Heritage Fellowship nomination

For many years, Vesta’s backup musician of choice has been her grandson Steve Hall. He’s not only a terrific guitarist and mandolin player, but also has served as a master fiddler at the annual Bethel Youth Fiddle Camp, near Hannibal, MO. – Bob Bovee

Additional Notes: Vesta Johnson, Missouri’s Well-Kept Secret by Bob Bovee

Visit Charlie Walden’s YouTube channel to view videos of Vesta Johnson.

 

Track List

Vesta Johnson with Steve Hall – North Missouri Dance Fiddling

  1. Fat Meat and Dumplings (2:02)
  2. Down Home Rag (2:08)
  3. Orvetta Waltz (intro) (0:12)
  4. Orvetta Waltz (2:32)
  5. Bill Cheatham (1:41)
  6. Marmaduke’s Hornpipe (2:07)
  7. Turkey Buzzard (intro) (0:32)
  8. Turkey Buzzard (1:28)
  9. Whistler’s #2 (2:56)
  10. Hog House Rag (intro) (0:09)
  11. Hog House Rag (1:40)
  12. Rachel (1:44)
  13. Rattlesnake Bit the Baby (1:36)
  14. The Ranger’s Waltz (1:17)
  15. Spotted Pony (1:22)
  16. The Old Schottische (0:56)
  17. Peacock Rag (2:34)
  18. Fort Smith (2:12)
  19. Black Velvet (2:15)
  20. Lead Out (Too Young to Marry) (2:08)
  21. Whistling Rufus (2:29)
  22. Sugar in the Gourd (1:40)
  23. Westphalia Waltz (3:21)
  24. Frank’s Tune (intro) (0:13)
  25. Frank’s Tune (2:07)
  26. Tennessee Wagoner (1:51)
  27. Carroll County Blues (1:42)
  28. Waltz in G (2:52)
  29. Blue Flame (1:43)
  30. Walk Along John (1:50)
  31. Missouri Waltz (intro) (0:10)
  32. Missouri Waltz (3:17)
  33. Sally Goodin (2:04)
  34. Cowboy Waltz (2:10)
  35. Walking in My Sleep (1:44)
  36. Waldo (1:43)
  37. Slippin’ Around (2:56)
  38. Rickett’s Hornpipe (1:27)
  39. The Last Waltz (2:28)
  40. Dubuque (1:51)