Fiddlin' for Fun
In 2006 Bill Thurman decided to record a CD of old fiddle tunes with his students (the friends) in order to give them a taste of the real world and show them what it is like to prepare and then go into a real life professional recording studio and do your best. Some looked forward to it and two or three were terrified. They were on several different skill and experience levels. For the most part they sound like students. However they all rose to the occasion and did an admirably good job. Tim Crouch an all round multi-instrumental musician and string music professional from Arkansas provided the backup rhythm using mandolin, several guitars, string bass, some excellent fiddle of his own, and percussion. We could not have found a better player and real pro if we had searched the entire country. On La Rotta, Bill also played the oud, the whistle and tambourine giving that piece a distinct Renaissance by way of middle eastern feel. The entire recording mastering and packaging process was done at Raney Recording Studio in Drasco, AR.