This old-time music supergroup featured the legendary fiddling of Brad Leftwich fueled by the rhythm section of Bob Herring on guitar and Linda Higginbotham on banjo uke. Twelve of the 22 cuts were recorded in one take at Brad & Linda's home in the early 1990's using a single microphone. Although not originally intended for commercial release, they were later issued as a cassette tape called 'First Take'. These cuts include banjo player Randy Marmouze and Dirk Powell on stand-up bass. Ten more cuts were taken from a live performance with Ray Alden on banjo and also include Dirk on 4 cuts. All cuts were remastered for this recording. This CD was dedicated to old-time music lovers everywhere with the assurance that every cut was a real 'humdinger.' The Humdingers were the first winners of the Traditional Old-Time Band contest at Clifftop, WV in 1990 and Brad was the first winner of the fiddle contest. The Humdingers performed semi-professionally for several years, yet they never rehearsed, and were essentially just a group of friends from Bloomington, Indiana who played together for fun and also happened to be very good at it. "this is a gem for old-time fans." County Sales "it's the real stuff--get it." Pete Sutherland, Old-Time Herald Liner Notes: All tunes public domain 1. Dunbar (key of C) - From recordings of Ed Haley 2. Rubin (A) - Brad learned this version from Tommy Jarrell of Mount Airy, N.C. 3. Tennessee Breakdown (G) - From a recording of Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners 4. Tumblin Gap (D) - Based on the Round Peak variant of Cumberland Gap, learned from Tommy 5. Streak of Fat, Streak of Lean (c) - This relative of Hell Broke Loose in Georgia is from Seven Foot Dilly and his Dill Pickles 6. Lost Indian (A) - Brad learned this from various musicians around Galax, Va., and Mount Airy, N.C. 7. Lonesome Road Blues (A) - Learned from Tommy 8. Plowboy Hop (C) - From a recording of the Grinnell Giggers. Thanks to David Rice for turning us on to it years ago! 9. Indian Ate the Woodchuck (D) - From a recording of Ed Haley 10. Police (A) - Learned from Tommy 11. Altamont (C) - From a recording of Gribble, Lusk, and York 12. Citigo (G) - This version is from a recording of Dykes' Magic City Trio, who called it Cotton-Eyed Joe 13. Stagalee (C) - From Ed Haley, with some additional words 14. Kansas City Rag (G) - Brad learned this from Ray 'Pick' Johnson of Big Springs, Mo. 15. Billy in the Lowgound (C) - Learned from everywhere 16. Open the Gate (G) - From a recording of the Jimmy Johnson Stringband, who called it Gate to Go Through 17. Medley of Old Favorites (D) - Soldier's Joy / Fisher's Hornpipe / Arkansas Traveler; first two tunes from Tommy Jarrell, last tune draws on numerous sources 18. Speed the Plow (A) - from a recording of John Salyer 19. John Brown's Dream (A) - Learned from Tommy Jarrell 20. Huckleberry Blues (C) - From a recording of Dykes' Magic City Trio 21. Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase (C) - From a recording of Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners 22. Cumberland Gap (G) - based on the common G version, drawn from a variety of sources Brad took up both fiddle and banjo as a teenager, inspired by the traditional banjo/fiddle duets of his grandfather and great-uncle, as well as the old-time singing and guitar-playing of his father. He later sought out and learned from many of the last great traditional musicians born around the turn of the 20th century. His most influential mentor was Tommy Jarrell whom he met the summer he turned 20. Tommy had known and played with Brad's grandfather's family and his mother-in-law was a Leftwich. It was Tommy who initiated Brad into the secrets and subtleties of old-time style and helped make him the master fiddler he became. Brad has been performing and teaching traditional music for over thirty years solo and in bands including Plank Road, Leftwich & Higginbotham, the Humdingers, Tom, Brad & Alice, and the Hogwire Stringband. His music has appeared on dozens of recordings and he has instructional materials with Homespun Tapes and Mel Bay.