This page is a list of fiddlers and musicians from Missouri and the surrounding region. Persons with names in bold are hyperlinked to a page on this site or another on the interwebs.
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Walter Alexander – an Ozarks Fiddler.
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.
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.
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
Bill Caton (also Katon)
- P. Christeson
Roy “Bill” Eddy
Chris German (Germain) website
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!
W. O. Hickam
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.
Raymond “Pick” Johnson
Daniel Boone Jones
Sac River Jones
Dwight Lamb (Iowa) website
Jim Lansford website
- E. “Bunny” Marriott
Howard “Rusty” Marshall website
Brother of George Morris
George Morris more info…
The famous “fiddlin’ sheriff” from Columbia, Boone Co., MO.
Dale Potter – 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.
- K. Silvey
Rhona Vincent website
Bob Walters more info…
John Williams website