Geraldine "Geri" Franklin
December 6, 1940 - January 14, 2018

Geraldine "Geri" FranklinAfter the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. Our condolences and love to the family of Geri Franklin, a true wife, mother, and friend to the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association.

  • Visitation: Monday, January 29, 2018, 10 a.m., Goetz Funeral Home, Seguin, Texas.
  • Departure from Goetz Funeral Home: Monday, January 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
  • Committal Service: Monday, January 29, 2018, 1:45 p.m., Fort Sam National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

December News

I hope everyone made it through the stresses of Thanksgiving and Christmas this last month. We are headed into some cold weather all over Texas so I hope everyone stays warm and in good health and company this winter.

As we wrap up the year, I wanted to tell everyone a BIG THANK YOU for all the enjoyment and support that you have given TOTFA throughout 2017. We had a wonderful convention and fiddle contest in Glen Rose in November. We elected two new directors, Mr. Luke Masters and Mr. Clayton Bankston. Both are upstanding gentleman who are great musicians and have a passion and love for some good music and old time fiddlin’. If you see them around, please give them a warm welcome.

At the annual convention, we also voted on Favorite Fiddler, Favorite Accompanist, and Favorite Associate (non-musician member). These three awards are voted upon by the TOTFA membership. We also give out an award for Most Improved Fiddler. This is an award that is decided on by the Board of Directors. It goes to the fiddler who has grown the most over the last year and showed steady and a variety of improvement.

This year’s winners are as follows: Most Improved Fiddler: Nathan Pedneault, Favorite Fiddler: Elijah Stone, Favorite Accompanist: Ted Williams, Favorite Associate: John Caballero. Congratulations to all of you!

At the convention, we held a Silent Auction and sold the remainder of the TOTFA T-Shirts from a couple years back, and also held a raffle for a TOTFA Yeti Cooler. This generated some extra funds for the organization. Thank you to all who supported us at the contest. We have a couple months off before we have a contest again. The next contest on the TOTFA schedule is the Llano Fiddle Fest. I have included the information sent in by John Caballero.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!!!!

~~Jordan Bankston, TOTFA President~~

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!

SAVE THESE 2018 DATES

April 6-7: Llano
April 26-29: Hallettsville*
May 19: Groesbeck
May 25-26: Athens*
TBA: Alvarado
TBA: Crockett*
October 6: Bowie
TBA: Seguin
October 20: Gilmer
November 3-4: Greenville*
November 10-11: Glen Rose

*non-association contest


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