Fiddler. Born December 5, 1918. Died December 3, 2004. Renowned long-bow fiddle player. Performed with his band, the Southern Ramblers, 1930s-1955. Left his musical career in 1955, but returned in 1982 with the formation of the New Southern Ramblers.
1988 November 11
Musician Ralph Blizard talks about his development as a long-bow fiddler and gives a brief overview of his long career. Discussion includes musical influences; fiddle contests; performing on radio shows in the Kingsport, Tennessee area; the decision to remain a local musician; working for Eastman Kodak; his changing fiddle style; his 1980s band, the New Southern Ramblers; his repertoire of songs; and comments on traditional music.