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Texas Fiddle Collection was recorded in the mid-'70s and features former Texas Playboys fiddler extraordinaire Johnny Gimble. These 28 tunes are timeless in both style and execution, especially with a band consisting of the finest caliber western swing musicians including former Texas Playboys guitarist Eldon Shamblin and, from the Texas Wanderers, Cliff Bruner on electric fiddle! Among the highlights include "Sallie Gooden," "Goodnight Waltz," "Redwing," "Lime Rock," "Draggin' the Bow," "Beaumont Rag," "Fat Boy Rag," and "Dreamy Eyes Waltz." One thing to keep in mind regarding this collection is some of these tunes are not full performances; a few clock in under two minutes.


Born: 30 May 1926 in Tyler, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

One of the most impressive fiddle players in country music's history, Johnny Gimble confounded most of his rivals by using a five-string fiddle. He gained most of his early success with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys, but Gimble has also recorded over ten albums of his own and picked up awards as Instrumentalist of the Year (CMA) and Best Fiddle Player (ACM). John Paul Gimble was born on May 30, 1926, in Tyler, TX. At the age of 12, he played in a band with his four brothers, and in the early '30s formed...
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