Eck Robertson drew a mean bow.
May 2, 2008 7:35 AM Subscribe
Alexander "Eck" Robertson
posted by flapjax at midnite (3 comments total)
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(1886 - 1975) was one hell of a fine fiddler, friend. He made, in 1922, what many country music historians consider the first commercial recording of country music. And now some kind soul has made ol' Eck a MySpace page
where you can get a taste (five tastes, actually) of some of that bodacious bowing. Then head over to Ragtime Annie
's place. What? She's Done Gone
? She must've run off with the Arkansaw Traveler
. Guess you'll have to make do with that Turkey In The Straw
Three tunes from Eck at the Internet Archive
This page has a capsule bio and a great photo
of Eck in later life, with a cool goatee and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. While fiddling, of course.
goes into some detail in analyzing Eck's style and old-time fiddling in general.
Eck's Wikipedia page
Eck's "Sally Gooden" was included in y2karl's FPP on Folktunes.org
last year, which is where I first heard him. Thanks, y2karl!