The Life of a Carolina Fiddler
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About the Book
Adopted as a child from the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, Tommy Malbouf grew up in Troutman, North Carolina before enlisting in the Navy in the early 1950s. After his military service, Tommy found occasional work surveying and operating heavy equipment, and he also found a personal passion in bluegrass fiddling. He performed and recorded with A.L. Wood and the Smoke Ridge Boys, Roy McMillan’s High Country Boys, the Border Mountain Boys, L.W. Lambert and the Blue River Boys, C.E. Ward and his band, Garland Shouping, and Wild Country, among others. In the late 1990s, Tommy began teaching fiddle, maintaining a steady stream of students until at least the early 2000s. He continued to perform as a fiddler, filling in for a variety of local bands and recording cuts on records for bands such as Big Country Bluegrass.
This text documents Tommy’s life, from his humble beginnings to his lengthy fiddle career. Contextualizing Tommy’s work within the Statesville-Troutman bluegrass “scene,” chapters also explore the local bluegrass culture of the time. Tommy’s extensive repertoire is also listed, including his spectacular fiddle contest wins, band recordings, local jam field recordings, and songs recorded for students, all of which highlight his talent and expertise as a fiddler.
About the Author(s)
Lewis M. Stern
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022