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Although traditional fiddler Chubby Wise had appeared on hundreds of recordings by everyone from Hank Snow to Hank Williams, the best place to find his skipping and aching bow work is on the 1995 recording An American Original. Expertly recorded by Sonny Osborne of the Osborne Brothers in late 1994, the nearly 80-year-old fiddler tears through some real barnburners, like "Cotton Eyed Joe" and "Little Liza Jane," but still slows it down for the weepers, "I Can't Stop Loving You" and a great cover of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Instrumental bluegrass at its finest, Chubby Wise's An American Original truly lives up to its name.


Born: 02 October 1915 in Lake City, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Most closely associated with Western swing and early bluegrass, Chubby Wise was one of the greatest fiddlers in country music. Born Robert Russell Wise in Lake City, Florida, he didn't begin playing the fiddle until age 15, and got his start working night clubs in Jacksonville before becoming a full-time musician in 1938, when he joined the Jubilee Hillbillies. In 1942, he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and began playing at the Grand Old Opry. He performed and recorded with the band through...
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