We are excited to get the fiddle season underway in the next few weeks. There will be a fiddle contest in Wichita Falls, Texas, March 28 (http://www.theforumwf.org/fiddling-contest) that is put on by David Holcomb. Our first TOTFA fiddle contest will be held April 3-5 in Llano, Texas (http://www.llanofiddlefest.com). This is always a great contest, hosted by John Caballero, to kick-off the TOTFA fiddling year. The Annual Texas State Championship Fiddler’s Frolics will be held April 23-26, in Hallettsville, Texas (http://www.fiddlersfrolics.com).

Bart Baker


Stay in tune,

Bart Baker



TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 01/25/2015 $3,278.75
Membership Revenue (currently active members) + 28.83
Advertisement Revenue + 210.00
Subtotal $3,517.58
Staples Gift Cards for Future Newsletter Printing ($200) - 190.00
February Newsletter Printing/Mailing - 122.82
Bank Service Fee - 12.00
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 03/03/2015 $3,192.76

Did you know?

  • That you can now pay your TOTFA dues online? Check out our membership page.
  • That you can advertise in the TOTFA newsletter and pay online? Check out our newsletter page.
  • That TOTFA members receive the monthly newsletter by email or USPS by the 1st of each month and that the web site newsletters are posted with a month's delay?
  • That the TOTFA newsletters contain additional information about contests, birthdays, photos, teacher information, transcriptions, etc.?
  • That we would love to publish your TOTFA contest photos on this web site? Send photos to zalahopkins@gmail.com.

The Devil's Box...

The Devil's Box available for purchase here!The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of best Texas-style fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the beginnings of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun. The 3-disc set includes:

Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84-minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four-minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ Cook-Off, Song Writers Serenade featurette, and an interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper

Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.

Disc 3 The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes: This disc is a wonderful hour-long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

To buy the 3-disc set, click the "Buy Now" button below. You may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support! And spread the word about The Devil's Box - the happy documentary!

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