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12 Song Instrumental CD Dedicated to Dunk Preddy
1. Old Joe Clark 7. Peacock Rag
2. Faded Love 8. Kentucky Waltz
3. Gold Rush 9. Rawhide
4. What A Friend We Have In Jesus 10. Down Yonder
5. Walking In My Sleep 11. Orange Blossom Special
6. Maiden's Prayer 12. Ragtime Annie
Rodney Preddy: Mandolin and Lead Guitar, Clifton Preddy: Fiddles, Allen Mullen: Rhythm Guitar, Clyde Mattocks: Dobro, Barney Rogers: Banjo, Dunk Preddy: Voice & Fiddle at beginning of Ragtime Annie; recorded in the late 1970’s, Keith Aiken: Rhythm Guitar at beginning of Ragtime Annie; recorded in the late 1970’s
Recorded at Heartwood Studio in Garner, NC: Engineered by Bill McDonald and Allen Mullen: Mixed by Bill McDonald, Allen Mullen: Mastered by Bill McDonald at Heartwood Studio in Garner, NC: Produced by Rodney and Clifton Preddy: Photography by "Butch" Gupton: Design by EC Stewart Design Studio in Raleigh, NC
both started playing music at a little beagle-hunting club in rural southern
Granville County of North Carolina at a young age. Dunk Preddy (Rodney’s Grandfather and Clifton’s Great
Uncle) held a weekly jam session there every Monday night.
Rodney started playing guitar and mandolin at age twelve and Clifton on
fiddle at age three. Bobby Lee
Preddy owned the club, Dunk Preddy’s brother. Leo Clifton Preddy, Clifton’s
Grandfather and brother of Bobby Lee and Dunk, would also drop in often to play
a little claw-hammer banjo and “woo” the ladies.
Throughout the twenty-some-odd
years that this gathering took place, many musicians, both well known and not, passed through
the doors of that old little hunting club. But the "regulars" were
faithful fixtures throughout the years there every Monday night. Gene Wooten
grew up in the area also and got his start playing music there as well.
Gene would tell you that like us, he was also influenced by Dunk’s
musical style to always play the melody. Sadly,
Gene passed away from cancer in Nashville in November of 2001.
He was a good friend and his famous dobro sound will be missed forever
within the music industry.
this project, we tried to blend our personal tastes and styles with the style
played at the old beagle club. For
example, “Down Yonder” is played exactly like you would have heard it back
then. While other songs, like
“Orange Blossom Special” and “Rawhide”, allow for more of our personal
tastes and styles to show through. But
all of the songs that we selected represent not only the heritage of bluegrass
and old-time music, but for us personally, they represent a family and community
tradition. Each song holds a unique
and special memory for us. They
tell a story of our family, our up bringing, our influences, and our lives.
They bring back images of that old beagle club, the good times that were
had there, and pleasant remembrances of those who are no longer with us.
are few things in life that are as satisfying as looking back on early memories
and realizing that without them you would perhaps be a totally different person.
We are grateful for those memories and we wouldn’t change our
traditions or heritage for anyone or anything.
We are ordinary guys, with a love of bluegrass and old-time music and
memories that will never die or be compromised.
hope that this recording project will serve as a just tribute to Dunk and all of
our family and friends who helped to create those memories.
But specifically for Granddaddy/Uncle Dunk, we want to say “Thank
you”. We both owe our musical
start, influences, and styles to him and his old-time fiddle playing.
We can think of no greater way to show our love and appreciation than by
simply playing some of the instrumentals that he taught us to play during our
early years. We love you, and thank
you for being so instrumental in shaping our lives.
and Clifton Preddy