Clark Kessinger who? 😏
Who is Clark Kessinger? I was so hoping to find out something about this recording in the comments, please?
So I take you really don’t give a damn? I was hoping you’d have something of use to add interest and value to the half dozen or so recordings in a row you’ve added here, but if you really don’t know or don’t care or the interest is only superficial, well, you wouldn’t be the first or the last with little to offer…
"The Legend of Clark Kessinger"
County Records, 1996
"Here on compact disc is a re-issue of what many feel to be one of the best fiddle albums ever issued. West Virginian Kessinger had recorded dozens of tunes in the 1920’s for the Brunswick label, but had been living in obscurity when “rediscovered” by folk enthusiast Ken Davidson in 1964. These recordings were made shortly after he teamed up with guitarist Gene Meade and banjo player Wayne Hauser, who were to accompany Clark on most of his engagements & recordings. The 17 tunes here are a unique part of the mountain cultural heritage, featuring a master old-time fiddler in a highly dynamic, driving setting that makes for great listening. A wonderful disc & highly recommended!"
"Clark Kessinger (July 27, 1896 - June 4, 1975) was an influential American old-time fiddler. Many of his fiddle tunes made their way to other fiddlers or into the bluegrass music genre." ~
A couple of YouTubes:
An overview of the career of Clark Kessinger, 2007 inductee in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. For more information, go to -
Clark Kessinger at Newport
Clark Kessinger plays "Sally Ann Johnson" at the Newport Festival
There’s plenty more listens to be chased up on YouTube…
"Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music"
Smithsonian Folkways FW02336 / FA 2336