Missouri Old-Time Fiddlers & Musicians

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.

To submit a name to this least or to biographical information, photos, etc., please email missourifiddling@gmail.com.

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)

 

  1. 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

 

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

 

  1. 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 – 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

 

  1. K. Silvey

 

Pearl Sivetts

 

Jimmy Skiles

 

Virgil Smith

 

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