Old Time Mandolin Music

Old Time Music Bibliography

Here are a few book and video sugestions with mostly OTM content.  I’ll be adding to this list as I run across something interesting.  This list is by no means a comprehensive list of OTM related publications, please send suggestions to Paul at paul@oldtimemandolinmusic.com.


Allen, Ray. Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival. University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition 2010.

Cohen, John.  The High & Lonesome Sound: The Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb. Steidl 2012

—— Oldtime Stringband Songbook. Hal Leonard Corporation 1976.

Beisswenger, Drew.  Fiddling Way Out Yonder: The Life and Music of Melvin Wine.  Univeristy of Mississippi Press 2002.

Bollick, Harry. Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s. University Press of Mississippi 2015.

Carlin, Bob.  STRING BANDS in the NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT.  McFarland & Company 2004.

Cohen, John. Speed Bumps on a Dirt Road: When Old Time Music Met Bluegrass. powerHouse Book 2019.

Congress, Richard.  Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell.  University Press of Mississippi  2001.

Goertzen, Chris. Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests.  University Press of Mississippi 2008.

Huber, Patrick.  Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South. The University of North Carolina Press 2008.

Jamison, Phil. Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance. University of Illinois Press 2015.

Leary, James P. Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937–1946. University of Wisconsin Press 2015.

Linn, Karen.  That Half-Barbaric Twang: The Banjo in American Popular Culture.  University of Illinois Press 1994.

Malone, Bill C.  COUNTRY MUSIC U.S.A.  University of Texas Press 2002.

—— Music from the True Vine: Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey.  The University of North Carolina Press 2011.

Marshall, Erynn.  Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia's Fiddle and Song  Traditions.  West Virginia University Press 2007.

Marshall, Howard Wright. Play Me Something Quick and Devilish: Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri. University of Missouri 2013.

Marshall, Howard,  Vivan Williams and Phil Willaims. Now Thats’ A Good Tune: Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling.  Voyager Records and Publications 2008.

McGee, Mark. Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge: Old Time, Early Country, Folk and Bluegrass Label Recording Artists, with Discographies McFarland 2000.

Meade Jr., Guthrie T. and Doug Meade.  Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music. The University of North Carolina Press 2007.

Polenberg, Richard. Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired "Stagolee," "John Henry," and Other Traditional American Folk Songs. Cornell University Press 2015.

Ritchie, Fiona and Doug Orr. Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. University of North Carolina Press 2014.

Russell, Tony.   Country Music Originals: The Legends and the Lost.  Oxford University Press, USA 2007

—— Rural Rhythm: The Story of Old-Time Country Music in 78 Records. Oxford University Press 2021.

Russell, Tony and Bob Pinson.  Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942.  Oxford University Press, USA 2008.

Stern, Lewis M. Dwight Diller: West Virginia Mountain Musician. McFarland 2016.

Titon, Jeff Todd. Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes.  University of Kentucky Press 2001.

Wolfe, Charles K.  Tennessee Strings: The Story of Country Music in Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press 1977.

—— The Devil's Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling. Vanderbilt Univ Press - Country Music Foundation Press 1997.

Wolfe, Charles K. and Ted Olson.  The BRISTOL SESSIONS: WRITINGS ABOUT the BIG BANG of COUNTRY MUSIC.  McFarland & Company 2005.


Cohen, John. Legacy of Roscoe Holcomb. Shanachie 2010.

Grossman, Stefan.  Legends of Old Time Music. Vestapol 2002

—— Shady Grove: Old Time Music from North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Vestapol 2004

Valluzzo, Chris and Sean Kotz.  Why Old Time?. Horse Archer Productions  2010.