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The Beautiful Music All Around UsField Recordings and the American Experience$
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Stephen Wade

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036880

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036880.001.0001

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Luther Strong

Luther Strong

Way behind His Time

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The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Stephen Wade

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the recordings of mountain fiddler Luther Strong. In 1937 Luther Strong recorded “Glory in the Meetinghouse” as one of over two dozen fiddle tunes for the Library of Congress. His playing, long admired in his community, became revered nationally through these recordings, with “Glory” among them still regarded as a masterpiece of this idiom. According to his daughter Faye, when Luther played it for his neighbors, “Everybody was wild about it. It had such get up and go.” “Glory” functioned not as a dance number, but as a virtuoso piece for listening. This was music made for music's sake. It required, Luther said, the skills that “make a fiddler.” Luther's “Glory in the Meetinghouse” brings together the personal and the historical.

Keywords:   Luther Strong, fiddlers, musicians, Library of Congress recordings, Glory in the Meetinghouse

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