During his life (1908-1977) Clarence Ferrill led a number of popular square dance bands in Alpine, Tennessee. The son of a minister, his music training first came in church and singing schools. Hymns and gospel songs remained among his favorite pieces. In the late 1930’s Ferrill teamed up with a guitar-playing neighbor, Homer Ledford, at weekly square dances at Standing Stone State Park in Livingston, Tennessee. Ledford has since established a national reputation as a dulcimer maker. In his later years, Ferrill was joined by Varney Smith of Livingston, Tennessee on banjo and Victor Garrett of Crawford, Tennessee on guitar.