Texas Frontier Fiddle
Sweet sounds from wood and strings
After a hard day's work taming the Texas frontier, settlers would often relax with a little music. Fiddlers might pull out a violin like this one from the late 1700s or early 1800s and call folks to a square dance with the opening bars of "Cotton-Eyed Joe." Old-time fiddle music from the Texas frontier paved the way for today's western swing and bluegrass music which still features fiddlers "sawing" on the strings.
Blackerby Violin Shop, Austin
Late 1700s, early 1800s
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