Lifetime TOTFA Memberships Awarded to
Jim Chancellor & Dale Morris

The goal of the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFA) is to preserve and perpetuate a style of old time fiddling that developed uniquely in Texas and TOTFA has striven with the help of its members to promote and preserve this Texas fiddling, to educate about and encourage fiddling traditions, and to ensure quality and excellence in Texas fiddle contests.  The Board of Directors also believes that TOTFA should recognize and thank the individuals who have played a significant role in this by performing, promoting, teaching, supporting, and popularizing our form of fiddling.

Two of our members have been recognized for their significant contributions and support of Texas Style Fiddling, Mr. Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor and Dale Morris Sr. On behalf of its members, the President and Board of Directors of TOTFA has awarded each of these legends with a Lifetime Membership in the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association. 

In the entire genre of fiddling there is probably no name more recognized and more respected than that of Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor.  From his childhood years learning from the early masters of Texas fiddling, such as Benny Thomasson and Eck Robertson, Shorty is a true Master of Texas Fiddling. Through his travels, competitions, recordings, appearances, and sharing of knowledge, Texas Fiddling has become popularized far beyond the borders of Texas.

In the world of Fiddling, Dale Morris is a legend.  His prowess as a fiddler, musician, teacher and ambassador of Texas Fiddling commands the respect and admiration of all devotees and enthusiasts of Texas Fiddling everywhere.  He is directly responsible for the taking Texas Fiddling far beyond the borders of Texas and was a pioneer in instructional videos and sharing of knowledge about Texas Fiddling making it the primary contest style of fiddling in the U.S.

Just a reminder about the upcoming contest in Dallas on Nov. 7th. The amphitheater there is a great facility for a contest, and I hope you are able to attend/compete in this new event. Convention at Glen Rose is the following week, and I urge everyone to attend if possible. This is an election year, and we need nominees for the BOD, as at least three of the six directors will not seek re-election. This is your association, and you need to voice your thoughts and cast your votes as to how TOTFA is going to be run, and who's going to run it. We need involvement from our membership to keep TOTFA viable now and in the future.

Hope to see you at Glen Rose!
Bart Baker, 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!

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