Monday, May 10, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd



Make no mistake: Senator Robert Byrd is an outstanding fiddler. Had he never entered politics, I have no doubt he could have had a career in music. When I found this LP in a record store in Chincoteague, VA, I thought I had found one of those celebrity curiosities like a Terry Bradshaw or Bruce Wilis record. I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped the needle and heard some real down-home fiddling. I've seen this record two or three times since I encountered it on the Eastern Shore and I think it's been signed every time. I wonder if Senator Byrd went on tour in 1978 to promote this release. He would have been House Majority Leader at that time, so I kind of doubt it.