Money in Both Pockets


Jeb Puryear (fiddle), Richie Stearns (banjo), Jordan Puryear (guitar), Shane Lamphier (mandolin)

Growing up in Ithaca, New York, I heard old-time music a lot, saw it played, danced for hours to it. As a boy who liked to shake it, I was drawn to its energy and menace, the dark, hypnotic beat the bands could set up and let spin for hours. I watched the musicians start up a tune and get possessed by it, their bodies contorting, their eyes rolling back in their heads. (from

Fiddler Jeb Puryear began fiddling in the 1970s in the Ithaca, NY area, surrounded by the best of 1970s upstate New York old time fiddling:  John Specker, Danny Kornblum, Walt Koken, Bob Potts, Bob Naess, Sandy Stark, Tara Nevins, and (later) Judy Hyman.  His approach also seems influenced, in spirit, by Earl Johnson, Georgia fiddler of the 1920s and 1930s.

“Money in Both Pockets” was first recorded Feb. 20, 1929 in NYC by Charlie Bowman and His Brothers.  It comprises part of a skit including two fiddle tunes called “A Moonshiner and His Money.”





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