Old-Time Fiddlers & Musicians of Missouri

with Photos, Audio Samples, Links and Off-the-Cuff Commentary

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Walter Alexander      
An Ozarks Fiddler.

Liz Amos      

William "Bill" Anthony      
His name was William "Bill" Anthony, and he was born in 1923 in Boone County. He had been a fiddler since the early 1930's, and was very well known in Mid-Missouri music groups. He played the fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, and piano. He could pick up just about anything and learn how to play it very fast. He was a member of the Missouri Outlaws before they went big, and also a Goodtimer in Columbia. He used to be on the radio in the 1940's and 50's with a country music show.
Kenny Applebee      
Guitar accompanist and fiddler from Rush Hill, Audrain Co. MO.  Has backed up many fine Missouri fiddlers in contests.  Played a lot with Pete McMahan. 

Earl Ball      
Dr. Walter Bone      
Old-time fiddler and veteranarian from Pineville, McDonald Co., Missouri. Ozarks.
Nolan Boone      
Fiddler from Mexico, Audrain Co., MO.  Used to play in contests and dances with his wife accompanying on the piano.  Best known for playing the tune Aunt Mary's Hornpipe.

Emily Buckhannon      
Kenneth "Polly" Burre     more info...
Fiddler and popular contest MC from Tebbetts in Holt Co., MO.  Also liked to repair musical instruments.

Pete "Pierre" Boyer      
Luther Caldwell      
Bill Caton (also Katon)      
R. P. Christeson      
Bill Conley      
Buck Cuno      
Earl Collins      
Bill Driver      
Roy "Bill" Eddy      
Lyman Enloe      
Mike Fraser      
Art Galbraith      
Chris German (Germain)     website
Joe Gerst      
Simey Gerst      
Jimmy Gilmore      
Tony Gilmore      
Cecil Goforth      
Gene Goforth      
Dr. Jimmy Gray      
Dr. Gray was an oral surgeon and fiddler from St. Louis.  I went to visit him once with John Griffin at his home in suburban St. Louis County.  He was in his eighties at the time.  It was damn hot day and we watch Jimmy as he watered a large pumpkin vine and brought it back from a severely wilted condition. 

Dr. Gray played many unique tunes.  Kingery Hornpipe was one such set in the key of A, which I transcribed and gave to R. P. Christeson for inclusion in his second volume.  Interestingly, Dr. Gray was the originator of Gray's Solution, which was a cure for gingivitis.  He reveled in showing John Griffin and I a photo album full of before and after shots of people's bad gums!

John Griffin      
Dwight Grover      
Bob Hagan      
Steve Hall      
John Hartford     website
Carol Hascall      
Clifford Hawthorne      
George Helton      
Ike Helton      
Warren Helton      
W. O. Hickam      
Jake Hockemeyer      
Referred to by some as the "left-handed dutchman", Jake Hockemeyer was one of the great old-time fiddlers from the Little Dixie region of Missouri when I was young.  He was from Mokane in Cole County and played left-handed "over the bass". 

His signature tune was Marmaduke's Hornpipe. I think I have never heard it played better than he could.  He also played Fisher's Hornpipe in F really nicely (R. P. Christeson admired Jake's playing and once said he played Fisher's like Heifitz!).  He had a particularly nice version of Peek-a-boo Waltz, as well, which if you closed your eyes while listening you might envision a slowly turning water wheel.

Bob Holt      
Jim Herd      
Travis Inman      
Raymond "Pick" Johnson      
Vesta Johnson      
Dean Johnson      
Gary Johnson      
Alton Jones      
Casey Jones      
Daniel Boone Jones      
Kelly Jones      
Paul Jones      
Sac River Jones      
Bill Kearns      
Francis Kepner      
Dwight Lamb (Iowa)     website
Vee Latty      
Jim Lansford     website
Amy LeGrand      
Harold Leek      
B. E. "Bunny" Marriott      
Junior Marriott      
Cody Marriott      
Howard "Rusty" Marshall     website
Taylor McBaine      
Pete McMahan      
Dave Morris      
Brother of George Morris

George Morris     more info...
The famous "fiddlin' sheriff" from Columbia, Boone Co., MO.

John Murdock      
Michelle Ogle      
Charlie Pasha      
Joe Pollite      
Dale Potter     more info...
Extra-ordinarily gifted and successful professional fiddle player from Puxico in Southeast Missouri.  He composed extremely difficult tunes incorporating extended double-stop passages beyond the capability of most country players (yours truly included), such as Fiddle Patch.  Not really Missouri-style per se, but still should be recognized as coming from the Missouri tradition.
Wade Ray      
Lonnie Robertson      
Geoff Seitz      
Paul Shikles      
Bill Shull      
Hollis Shumaker      
H. K. Silvey      
Pearl Sivetts      
Jimmy Skiles      
Virgil Smith     more info...
Claude Stearns      
Cyril Stinnett      
Pete Stinnett      
Alita Stoneking      
Fred Stoneking      
Lee Stoneking      
Howe Teague      
Ed Tharp      
Elliot Tharp      
Henry Taylor      
Rhona Vincent     website
Linton Vomund      
Bob Walsh      
Billy Ward      
Bob Walters     more info...
Gary Watson      
Barbara Weathers      
Gene Wells      
Henry Wells      
Lynn Wells      
Mike Wells      
John White      
Adrian Williams      
John Williams     website
Dolph Wilson      
Nile Wilson      
Doc Winagear      
Roy Wooliver      
Matt Wyatt