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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fiddlen Jamie on MSP

 
Fiddlen Jamie and the Country D's - Truck Drivin Man (MSP 6001)

This awesome recording came to me by one of Ohio's large musical experts, Scott Cheesebrew. When I heard "Truck Drivin Man," I was instantly struck with the great guitar work and the simple but charming quality of this record.

Fiddlen Jamie was probably Jamie Gene Dennis, born on February 12, 1957, in Saginaw Michigan to Duane and Jeanette Dennis. The family moved north to Benzie County, Michigan, when Dennis was six years old. Obviously, Dennis began fiddling when he was a child and also did personal appearances at that time.

At some point, he made recordings of "Truck Drivin Man," "Arkansas Traveler," and "Black Mountain Rag" with a band called "The Country D's." The songs were released by the MSP label of Archbold, Ohio, about which nothing is known.

Dennis, however, graduated from Benzie Central High School in 1975. If he continued his musical ambitions is not known to me. Eventually, Dennis moved to north Indiana and passed away too son on March 31, 2008, in Goshen, Indiana. Read his obituary here.

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