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Author: William “Big Bill” Broonzy

Source: The Jazz Record, March 1946, n° 2


“The first time I tried to play anything was in 1914. It was a home-made fiddle and I couldn’t play it right away. That was in Arkansaw near where the Mississippi and Arkansaw rivers come together. I had first heard a home-made fiddle played by a blues singer we knew as See See Rider. Don’t know his name- everybody called him just See See Rider, because he used to sing a blues by that name. Later on Ma Rainey made a record of that tune, but I first heard it down around my home. I never saw anyone else play a home-made fiddle except See See Rider. He was born and raised in Redale, Arkansaw, and he played for everybody around there. Hearing him made me want to do something too.”


Photo by Studs Terkel

Author: Studs Terkel
Source: The Jazz Review, Volume One, Number Two December, 1958, pp 28-29


Article by Studs Terkel, oral historian, radio host and writer, on Big Bill Broonzy in the second number of the Jazz Review, December, 1958. Read it HERE

Liner notes to:  LP “His Story – Big Bill Broonzy Interviewed by Studs Terkel”, Folkways,FW03586, 1957: HERE