The 508 Amphitheater will soon resound to the music of fiddles, guitars and Western Swing. The Museum of Street Culture is partnering with the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFA) to create a Fiddle and Western Swing competition on November 7, 2015.
Fiddle and Swing Music are nothing new to 508 Park - it is famous for the field recordings that took place in the warehouse of Brunswick Record Corporation’s regional offices. From the building’s third floor, Don Law orchestrated field recording sessions across the state of Texas and produced 843 recordings at 508 Park between 1935 and 1939. It was here that the first recordings of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys were made.
Fiddling has always been a part of the Texas heritage. Even Davey Crockett brought his fiddle and played at the Alamo. One of the very first country music recordings was done by Texan A. C. “Eck” Robinson, a fiddler from Amarillo, who recorded a tune called “Sally Gooden,” in New York in 1922. Eck was early innovator of what is now called the Texas Style of fiddling, many fiddlers today play this tune today much the same as it was originally recorded by Robinson.
Inspiration for this event came from Alan Govenar, one of the forces behind the Encore Park project. No stranger to Texas fiddling, Alan produced the 1985 documentary film “Texas Style” an intimate look at rural Texas culture and the traditional fiddle music played on its back roads. According to Alan, “This fiddle contest inaugurates The Museum of Street Culture music series, focusing on traditions that originate on the back roads and sidewalks of America — in small towns, sprawling suburbs, and inner city neighborhoods.”
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The competition will start at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 7, at the 508 Park Amphitheater. More information here: http://encoreparkdallas.org/events/2015/11/7/first-annual-508-park-fiddle-contest