Benton Flippen: 270 Haystack Rd. $12.00
Music Maker is proud to announce the release of 270 Haystack Rd., the second album from 90 year-old fiddler Benton Flippen. Included in this CD are rare songs that highlight Benton's ability to play the fiddle, as he performs with the Smokey Valley Boys, a young group under his tutelage. "On this recording you'll find three generations of music making represented in the band. All of us are good friends who got together informally one afternoon in Benton's living room simply just to play some good old music. The one common trait you'll find is that we've all been schooled by the generations before us. That unique preservation and the passing on of the torch put a smile on my face and a pride in my soul. Whether you're a beginning fiddler or a veteran banjo picker or maybe just a lover of old-time music, I hope you'll share a little bit of that pride with us when you listen to this album." -Andy Edmonds, the Smokey Valley Boys
Benton Flippen: Fiddler's Dream $12.00
Benton Flippen (b.1920) stems from an extremely influential generation of old-time musicians, who forged their own strongly-unique styles in the 30s and 40s. This group of men from Surry County, NC (Fred Cockeram, Tommy Jarrel, Earnest East and Kyle Creed) has inspired generations of old-time music enthusiasts. The Fiddlers Conventions where these men performed in total obscurity during their youth, continue to occur today and Benton continues to perform. He has performed for square dances during these conventions and, in 2006, at the internationally celebrated Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, he stood as the sole survivor of this fraternity. In Fiddler's Dream, Benton leads his band, the Smokey Valley Boys (which he formed in the 60s, disbanded in '85, and reformed at the turn of the century), strong with the help of his young apprentice Andy Edmonds.