Dwight Diller

West Virginia Mountain Musician

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About the Book

Dwight Hamilton Diller is a musician from West Virginia devoted to traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo music, and a seminary-trained minister steeped in local Christian traditions. For the past 40 years, he has worked to preserve archaic fiddle and banjo tunes, teaching his percussive, primitively rhythmic style to small groups in marathon banjo workshops. This book tells of Diller’s life and music, his personal challenges and his decades of teaching an elusive musical form.

About the Author(s)

Clawhammer banjo player Lewis M. Stern has written for The Banjoists Broadsheet, The Old Time Herald and Banjo Newsletter.

Bibliographic Details

Lewis M. Stern
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 45 photos, discography, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6476-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2531-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

One. Early Life 15

Two. Learning Music 35

Three. Playing Music 58

Four. Studying Religion 85

Five. A Life of Teaching 102

Conclusion 128

Discography and Filmography 153

Chapter Notes 159

Bibliography 188

Interviewees 196

Index 201

Book Reviews & Awards

“a wealth of information on country music’s commercial and grassroots aspects”—The Journal of Southern History; “an impressive biography…Lew has given us quite deep and interesting view of Dwight. The book is a commendable volume and well worth the read”—Banjo Newsletter.