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Texas Fiddle - Okie Guitar

by Mark Rubin and Sean Orr

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Silver Bells 02:35
Smith's Reel 01:58


"Texas fiddler Sean Orr and Texas-based, Okie guitarist Mark Rubin say there's no "right" way to play Texas fiddle, but they're wrong. THIS is the right way to play Texas fiddle. Full of heart, brimming over with camaraderie, rough-hewn and rowdy, dusty as hell, and beholden to no man. There's a freedom in this music and a powerful sense of love. All the things that make Texas great." -KITHFOLK

This is what it sounds like when veteran Honky tonkers sit down to fiddle some good tunes. Just good old music, played the way they do

It's quite simple really. We wanted simply to record what it sounds like when we get together and play music for folks. The kind of folks we tend to play for are from around here, or at least around these parts, and they want to hear a fiddle, played in a style they readily recognize. Nothing fancy, not out to wow 'em or win points in a contest: just good, old, fun as heck local fiddling and accompaniment. That explains the "Texas Fiddle," no?

But "Okie Guitar," you might be heard to ask? Well, what can we tell you, all we know about it is is that Rubin seems to play different than the way the Texas bred boys do at the very least. He claims he's just playing like he remembers hearing the square dance bands play like, up in Payne County where he was born and raised. He explains "Everywhere I go I meet good fiddlers; Louisiana, North Carolina, East Tennessee and beyond. And if I'm lucky, I to get some picking in with 'em. Folks seem to like the way I back them up, but they always want to know "what style" just is that? I still don't have a good answer, but I sure enough didn't make it up myself, as I'm not that clever. The old dudes I learned to play with had played all kinds of music, country shuffles, bluegrass breakdowns, western swing and even square dance music. At some point I guess they knitted together the little bits of each style to fashion their own, and I haven't heard it outside of jam sessions in Oklahoma since!" There's some clawhammer banjo and tenor guitar as well to represent those traditions as well.

Our material will be familiar to folks around here, which means there's a mariachi number, a Polish waltz from Washington County, an Irish tune played contest style and a Bob Wills waltz you probably aren't familiar with. Both Sean and Mark sing a number each as well, because really, who wants to listen to just fiddles and guitars all day??;-)


released December 7, 2020

Mark Rubin, guitar, tenor guitar, banjo, bass, vocals
Sean Orr, fiddle, vocals

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Smith at 6 String Ranch, Austin TX


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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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