Bluegrass, Country, and Old-Time Music
Listing of bluegrass, country, and old-time music schedules,
jam sessions, websites, and other music related information for
the acoustic musician. Greater Kansas City, Missouri area.
Here is a compilation of audio jam tracks, old-time music, fiddle tunes, and other contributions
that will keep you busy for hours. Plus, I have listed some music stores that have supported my
musical habit, and have taken most of my money.
Charts and Tunes
Old Time Fiddle Tunes A huge collection of fiddle tunes from old recordings, festivals, jams and workshops, notated by John Lamancusa.
Charlie Walden Tune List Three Time Illinois State Fiddle Champion Charlie Walden provides over 200 mp3 tunes on his website for your listening pleasure. Many of these tunes you will recognize, and some he forget the name of, but you will enjoy them all. Charlie Walden's Website
Slipper-Hill Collection Reference to thousands of Old Time Fiddle recordings, music, and links. If you can't find it here, you must have spelled it wrong.
WJAB Tune List Whiskey Just after Breakfast Tune List. Big listing of contra, irish, bluegrass, and old-time tunes that includes an MP3 and PDF of words and chords, and what key the tune is played in. Check it out.
Traditional Tune Archive The Traditional Tune Archive. Formerly known as The Fiddlers Companion. An indexable, searchable Wiki the provides The Semantic Index of North American, British and Irish traditional instrumental music with annotation.
Carpilation Large document transcibing huge library of tunes from Carp Camp, Winfield Kansas. I think it's updated every year the Walnut Valley Festival occurs.
Martha Haehl Here's a local Kansas City gal who plays every acoustic instrument you can think of. She lists many favorite tunes we all know, and shares many of her recordings too. Be sure to check out her calendar of events. Martha hosts a variety of jam sessions, from beginner to advanced swing style, with country and jazz mixed in for fun. I think these sessions are open to all, but you may want to send her an email if you are interested in attending.
MelBay Old-Time Festival Tunes MelBay has a listing of standard old-time festival tunes, arrangement is basic and advanced.
Bluegrass Song Book Listing of the standard bluegrass songs all pickers know. Published by the Capitol Area Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association located in the greater Washington D.C. area. This PDF has about 100 standard bluegrass tunes with lyrics and nashville charts.
Fiddle Tunes, Waltzes and Hymns Here is a collection of fiddle tunes by one of Kansas City's area great fiddle players: Tim Daniels. Tim, from Leavenworth, Kansas has been kind enough to record many standard tunes and share them on his website.
Song Spinner Records
Fiddle Tune Sources and Resources Links Here's the deal: You click this link and you had better be prepared to spend all day surfing the abundance of fiddle tune collections, mp3's, links, videos, fiddle player websites, tablatures, chords, and other resources.
Fiddle Hangout Music Archive Fiddle Hangout is a membership forum that provides all kinds of resources for the fiddle player. And, they share hundreds of fiddle tunes from their member submissions where you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Fiddle Hangout Audio Player Jukebox Fiddle Hangout has an audio player type jukebox to select which type of bluegrass music. It will automatically play the suite of music from their member provided tunes. This is very cool to check your jamming skills and listen to others play the tunes we all like!
100 Fiddle Tunes YouTube: 100 fiddle tunes, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Americana music. I know there are thousands of tunes on YouTube, but if I find it to be good reference material, I will make a link to it here on KC Bluegrass. Shoot me an email if you find good stuff on YouTube too.
Bluegrass Backing Tracks Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks. Hundreds of backing tracks of our favorite picking tunes! A warning label should be included on this website, cause you are gonna spend way too much time here.
Old-Time Music Links Old-Time music, events, links, biographies, resources, and hall-of-fame fiddlers here. Check of the big list of old-time fiddler links. This will keep you busy for weeks!
Music Stores
Wyatt Violin Shop Great place for Violins, and other stringed instruments. Purchased several their myself. They also sponsor many fiddle classes, and showcase local and national talent. Independence, MO.
KC Strings In 1992 K.C. Strings officially opened its doors to serve the needs of the string community, and grew into a full service shop with one of the largest selections of instruments in all price ranges within the Midwest. We cater to string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) from student to professional. Merriam, KS.
The Folk Store FAI (Folk Alliance International) has opened a boutique music and folk art store in the River Market district of Kansas City, MO. The storefront features new and vintage instruments, accessories, and unique folk art. The address is 509 Delaware St. and we are open Tuesday - Friday from 11:00am - 5:00pm and some Saturday mornings. 816-221-3655
Elderly Instruments We're a real music store, since 1972: No basement-run Internet shop, no warehouse with a computer terminal, just a real store with real people (most of whom are musicians) here to help you in any way we can. Our instruments are displayed between other instruments, not between the vacuum cleaners and the microwave ovens. Come in and play any of our instruments. You don't have to ask permission, and whether you're buying or just dreaming, it's fun. Or if you can't make it in, we can play the instrument for you over the phone. Lansing, Michigan
Robertson & Sons We are one of the world's leading experts and largest dealers of rare and contemporary instruments and bows of the violin family. At Robertson & Sons, we work diligently to ensure that your search for the ideal instrument or bow will be a positive, satisfying experience. Albuquerque, NM
The Bluegrass Shack We specialize in acoustic instruments and accessories for bluegrass and folk musicians. We are located in New Athens, Illinois, near the Kaskaskia River. Just south of St. Louis, MO. Take a YouTube Video Tour of our shop!
Fiddler Shop Fiddlershop is run by Fiddlerman and son. We specialize in classical instruments and take personal care of over 90% of our orders. We strive to keep a great reputation and to please all of our customers. We test/tune/adjust instruments at the shop before shipping.
Morgan Music We have one of the finest selections of acoustic instruments in the country - which has earned us the reputation as home of 'The Great American Acoustic Shop'! Acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, resonators and fiddles by top-of-the-line makers like Gibson, Hopkins, Yates, Sullivan, Bourgeois, Collings, Martin, Taylor and more! Lebanon, MO
Shar Music Shar Music is the recognized string community market leader in the US, providing violin family instruments, bows, cases, accessories, strings and sheet music since 1962. A family owned business, Shar Music employs over 100 people in our Ann Arbor offices and workshops. Customers regularly order from all 50 States, plus every Canadian Province and over 60 other countries.
Johnson String Instrument We have served the Greater Boston string-playing community since 1976 and are New England's largest violin shop. We are one of the first and most prominent internet resources for string players.
Musicians Friend Is it really a musicians friend? I know I have spent way too much money here.