This was on The Story on NPR last night. I like this kind of music. It's not my culture, but the music is so vibrant and alive. Just plain fun to listen to. - DG


U.S. Senator Robert Byrd: Mountain Fiddler


Senator Robert Byrd passed away earlier this week. He served nine terms in the U.S. Senate and will be buried this weekend after a service in West Virginia’s state capital. Barry Poss knew the senator well - not from the halls of Congress, but as the music producer for an old-time fiddle album released in 1978, "U.S. Senator Robert Byrd: Mountain Fiddler." Barry talks with Dick about the musical side of the former Senate Majority Leader - and how Senator Byrd's life as a musician and a politician were actually one and the same.


Listen to the story here (scroll down to 2010.07.01). Here are some of his songs I found on Youtube.

 








 

Here are some related videos offered up on the YT feed.



Tags: NPR, The Story, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, fiddle, mountain music, music

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Yay for bluegrass!

I like how he calls himself "senator" on his album cover. I don't know his politics but he plays a good fiddle.
Yes he does. It's great it is captured for all time.

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