Russ Wilson learned his fiddling art from a torrent of family tradition—learned it directly and thoroughly. Tutored during annual visits and from a flow of reel-to-reel teaching tapes, the young Russ was taught note by note through his masterful cousin, Fiddlin’ Bob Rogers, and by his Uncle Bill Russell of Speedwell.
A champion old-time fiddler by age 13, Russ fused the distinct family style with an array of melodies that includes rare regional tunes from the Powell Valley, and gems from classic fiddlers and blues musicians. Russ is accompanied here on guitar by his mother, Ema Lou Wilson—a spectacular ballad singer, herself—and joined in a few fiddle trios by cousins Bob Rogers and Jerry Clawson.
-Bob Fulcher, 2015
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