"Fiddlin'" Charlie Bowman was one of East Tennessee's most famous old-time fiddlers and played in various recording outfits during the 1920s, including Al Hopkins' Buckle Busters as well as Hopkins' Hill Billies. Bowman was born in 1889 in Gray Station, TN, on a small farm. He grew up in a musical family, both his father Samuel and his grandfather Jim were fiddlers themselves. About 1908, Bowman made his first recording, although it was only a private tape of "Turkey In the Straw" made with a friend's Edison phonograph. After 1920, Bowman and his brothers became more popular through political rallies, barn dances and theater concerts, which resulted in a recording offering by Victor, but Bowman turned it down. During the next years, he won many fiddlers' contest. On one of these contests, he met Al Hopkins, who led a band for Brunswick/Vocalion called either the "Buckle Busters" for Brunswick or the "Hill Billies" for Vocalion. Bowman was a member of this group until 1928. He then recorded for Columbia and was a member of H.M. Barnes' Blue Ridge Ramblers. He continued to play at show dates and was heard over several radio stations. In 1957, he went out of music and died in 1962.
Two tunes of Ol' Charlie:
1. Forked Deer
2. Texas Gals
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