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Red Hicks

May 29, 1974 OH72 92 min.


Fiddle player known for his work with several bluegrass performers, including Bill Monroe.

Interview Summary

1974 May 29
(1 hour, 32 minutes)
Fiddler Red Hicks recalls his musical career. Topics discussed include his musical background; playing at dances at age 11; playing with Bill and Earl Bolick (the Blue Sky Boys; the rivalry between Bill Monroe and the Bolicks while they were both playing for Raleigh station WPTF; why the Bolicks were reluctant to play on the Grand Ole Opry; how Bill Bolick handled the act’s business affairs; being on TV in the late 1930’s; playing with the Wreckin’ Crew; recording sessions in Atlanta; and old country songs vs. new country songs.

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