A RE-POST (WITH MORE INFO)
FRED COCKERHAM “Sunny Home In Dixie” (FC-2014, $ 13.50)
A fine old-time fiddler and fretless banjo player
in his day, Cockerham taught and encouraged many
younger musicians who have helped popularize the
Round Peak style of old time music.
Although Cockerham was past his prime when these recordings
were made, there is enough of interest in the 24 songs
and tunes to make this a welcome release for Fred’s many
friends. The tunes included make up a good part of his
repertoire, with such Round Peak favorites as TEMPY, CHILLY
WINDS, LEE COUNTY BLUES, JACK OF DIAMONDS, OLD
JIMMY SUTTON, and 8th OF JANUARY.
Cockerham was most likely in his prime in the 1940s, and
interestingly picked up some songs and tunes that were not of the
Round Peak variety, such as NATURAL BRIDGE BLUES (most
likely learned from Tommy Magness, fiddler for the very popular
Roy Hall’s band).
And, as was common among local musicians, he
borrowed from the popular Bluegrass bands of the day,
in this case HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE, which he
called “I’M GOING ACROSS THE OCEAN”.
The material on this disc ranges from somewhat rough and
choppy (MOLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON) to a smooth
and solid rendering of JOHN BROWN’S DREAM.
Some of the pieces were taken from live recordings.
Various musicians are heard here adding their accom-
paniment: these include Clay Buckner, Doug Hill, Mike
Fishback and Nowell Creadick.