John Hartford - Fiddle Tunes
There is a brand new, full-color book exploring the creative mind of the late John Hartford. StuffWorks Press, Inc. has published John Hartford s Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes, a sizable anthology containing 176 of his original compositions. Most of these tunes are previously unpublished and unrecorded, taken from Hartford s personal music journals. Best known for writing the Glen Campbell classic Gentle on My Mind, and launching Newgrass music with his landmark album Aereo-Plain, Hartford was a prolific songwriter and composer. A central figure in the Nashville acoustic community, he championed old-time music with an emphasis on the fiddle, amassing a sizable archive of research before his passing in 2001.Compiled and narrated by fiddler Matt Combs, John s daughter Katie Harford Hogue, and musicologist Greg Reish, the book sheds light on Hartford s creative process through original tune compositions, his own reflections on the fiddle, and interviews with family and fellow musicians, including Marty Stuart, Sam Bush, Norman & Nancy Blake, and Mike Compton. Tune titles range from the familiar Ohio River Rag, Delta Queen Waltz, and a twin-fiddle arrangement for Gentle On My Mind ; to the sentimental, even whimsical Howdy s Uncle Bob, Saint Louis Waltz, Gallatin Road Breakdown, Bottomed Out Hornpipe, and Small Screw A-Missing.