Bart BakerGet ready for a busy couple months of fiddling! We are happy to announce a full schedule of TOTFA contests for October.

Bowie will host their annual Chicken & Bread Days Fiddle
Contest October 4th, 2014. Seguin will host their annual Guadalupe County Fair Fiddle Contest October 11th, 2014. Gilmer will host their annual Yamboree Fiddle Contest October 18th, 2014, one of our longest running fiddle contests. Our annual TOTFA Convention will again be held in conjunction with the Dale McPherson Memorial Fiddle Contest in Glen Rose, Texas, on November 8th, 2014.

We also have a few non-TOTFA events on the calendar for September & November. Junior Marriott, in conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Foundation, is hosting a new fiddle contest in Mansfield, Missouri, September 20th, 2014. The foundation is eager to help Texas-Style Fiddling and have shown great interest in making this event as big as possible. See details on the inside of the newsletter. This event will have over $5000 in prize money.

Joey & Sherri McKenzie are helping to start a new fiddle contest in Greenville, Texas, that will be held on October 31st and November 1st. Details will be in the following newsletter. The great Nashville swing band The Time Jumpers will also be performing at the event. This event will have $8000+ in prize money.

Stay in tune,
Bart Baker

TOTFA Balance Sheet...

Opening TOTFA Account Balance as of 07/25/2014 $5495.92
Membership Revenue   + 64.12
Subtotal $5560.04
September Newsletter Printing & Mailing - 96.84
Bank Service Fee - 12.00
Ending TOTFA Account Balance as of 08/26/2014 $5451.20

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

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.

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