Keep It Old-Time: Fiddle Music in Missouri from the 1960s Folk Music Revival to the Present (Hardcover)

Keep It Old-Time: Fiddle Music in Missouri from the 1960s Folk Music Revival to the Present By Howard Wight Marshall Cover Image

Keep It Old-Time: Fiddle Music in Missouri from the 1960s Folk Music Revival to the Present (Hardcover)


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Together with Play Me Something Quick and Devilish (2013) and Fiddler’s Dream (2017), this third volume on Missouri fiddling represents a lifelong fascination with the world of music. As in the previous two volumes, Howard Marshall seeks out the people, stories, and communities that make informal, traditional music for their own enjoyment, particularly folk-singing, bluegrass, old-time fiddling, and jazz. Play Me Something Quick and Devilish addressed what we know of fiddle and dance music from the early French settlements in the mid-1700s colonial period into the World War I era and the Jazz Age. Fiddler's Dream recounted the 1920s and moved through the Great Depression and World War II years and stopped in the 1960s. Keep It Old-Time picks up the saga in the complicated 1960s and winds down in the early twenty-first century. Along the way, Marshall presents historical and documentary discussions of music interwoven with ample quotes from musicians and, at certain points, his own personal reflections and experiences in the music scene. Some of the topics featured in this volume are the folk music revival of the 1960s, the emergence of folk and bluegrass festivals, the continuation of fiddle contests, the evolving education of musicians, and many profiles of musicians, famous both locally and nationally. Oral history, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected fiddle tunes complement the text as does the companion CD of selected songs.
Howard Wight Marshall is Professor Emeritus and former chairman of Art History and Archaeology, and former director of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After working as a museum curator in Indiana and at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, Marshall returned to Columbia to establish the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center. While at Mizzou, he also taught material culture, vernacular architecture, and historic preservation in the Department of Art History and Archaeology. He has written several books on art and music, including Play Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri and Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Fiddling in Twentieth-Century Missouri, which won the Missouri Conference on History’s Best Book Award for 2018. Also in 2018, Marshall won the Missouri Humanities Council’s 2018 Distinguished Literary Award.
Product Details ISBN: 9780826222695
ISBN-10: 0826222692
Publisher: University of Missouri
Publication Date: February 28th, 2023
Pages: 504
Language: English
“An important work not only on traditional Missouri fiddling, but also on traditional music in the U.S. in the 20th century. . . . It will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in instrumental folk music in the U.S., either as a complement to the first two volumes, or as a stand-alone volume.”—Sharon Graf, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois, Springfield 

“In three important volumes, Howard Marshall has woven together the modern history of how Missouri fiddling gradually consolidated from a spectrum of local styles into serving as a significant presence within the ever-evolving contours of traditional, home-based music.  A valuable repository of illuminating, and frequently amusing, personal vignettes.”—Mark Wilson, The University of Pittsburgh, The North American Traditions Collection

“In this information-packed third volume of his Missouri fiddle music trilogy, Marshall brings the stories of the state’s fiddle music to a personal level by focusing largely on the fiddlers themselves, along with descriptions of specific events and organizations.  An active Missouri fiddler himself for many decades, as well as a folklore professor, now emeritus, at the University of Missouri, he had first-hand knowledge of most of the people, places, and events about which he wrote.  Marshall offers brief discussions about the different fiddling styles in the state—from Ozarks style, to Little Dixie style, to Texas style, and beyond—and he discusses how Missouri fiddling fit into larger cultural movements such as the folk revival and the fiddle contest scene, but he wisely avoids discussions about boundaries and authenticity.  Instead, he honors all the fiddlers with detailed profiles, often including lengthy interview quotes.  It’s wonderful to see these fiddlers, who were musical stars within the typically rural or less-affluent cultural domains in which they thrived, lifted up and given the credit they deserve for impacting Missouri’s cultural landscape.”—Drew Beisswenger, University of Arkansas, author of North American Fiddle Music: A Research and Information Guide

"Anyone with an interest in the personal and cultural essences of fiddling should acquire a copy, and it will also offer plenty of fine material for students of both general and local Missouri History."—Missouri Historical Review

"One of the primary strengths of Marshall’s scholarship is its accessibility: his conversational narrative is appropriate for the general reader interested in regional culture. . . . The volume is well researched and fills a significant gap in the scholarship of traditional music."—Kansas History