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Never know!

A while back a fellow came into my shop in WV while visiting his parents who live nearby. He purchased a Gourd Banjo and CB Fiddle, my two highest priced items, saying he was a musician and composer from California. I got nosy and looked him up. This is him!!

https://ianhoneyman.com/home/biography/

Added by Jim Morris on December 5, 2018 at 6:18am — 9 Comments

Well dammit

Lost two friends today within 24 hours. One was a well known rockabilly guitarist and bass player for Danny Gatton and the Fat Boys.  Billy Hancock used to come to my gigs and be real supportive of what I was playing.

https://youtu.be/DhiFmYHKK2U

The second friend was less well known but we played gigs together since we were teenagers. Here's to you Chuck B

Added by Jim Morris on January 22, 2018 at 3:40pm — 16 Comments

Excellent book about the history of diddley bows

https://homemadeblues.wordpress.com/e-book/

Guys, if you have any interest in diddley bows and the history of instruments check out this fine book by Phil Thomas. The link takes you to a free ebook that's quite informative and interesting. His video Desert Surfin' has…

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Added by Jim Morris on May 17, 2017 at 3:35pm — 1 Comment

$9.99 Violin?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-4-Full-Size-Natural-Acoustic-Violin-Fiddle-With-Case-Row-Rosin-Wood-Color-New-/262446511813?hash=item3d1b07f6c5:g:344AAOSwrXdXKAvm

How in the world? I came across this on ebay and thought it must be a misprint. Violin, case, bow, rosin and free shipping from Belgium. How is…

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Added by Jim Morris on May 20, 2016 at 6:21am — 12 Comments

Been Away

I've kind of been away from these pages and from making instruments for the last month or so. Lots of other demands on my time from other folks and other responsibilities. I've missed it! Now that summer's winding down and the firewood pile is building up I plan to get back to doing what I love - making and playing these things. I went to the PA CBG Fest this weekend and feel rejuvenated. Got to play on the open mic stage and meet a bunch of talented people. It was great to talk to J.Rob…

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Added by Jim Morris on August 30, 2015 at 1:10am — 14 Comments

Off To Clifftop

Hey everyone, I'll be heading to the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop, WV) soon and gone for a week. This American roots music festival leans heavily toward traditional fiddle and banjo tunes but there are also groups of blues, cajun and New Orleans brass band folks there as well - all acoustic music. One thing I love about this festival is that the overwhelming majority of the 3,000 + people who attend play music at various levels. There are a few who just come to listen but it's…

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Added by Jim Morris on July 24, 2014 at 2:16am — 1 Comment

Article in WV State Journal Magazine

Just found out I made this magazine's 55 Good Things About WV issue. Beats the last time I was in the news ( Springfield Man Cited for Removing Cigar Boxes From Dumpster).http://www.statejournal.com/story/18855956/55-good-things-about-west-virginia 

Added by Jim Morris on July 28, 2012 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

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