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Playlist of Clark Kessinger

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  • Clark Kessinger - Lost Indian

    2:05

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  • Kessinger Brothers - Old Jake Gillie 1929

    2:57

    TGIFF! Its Fiddle Friday and we bring you some Roots Music by my favorite old time fiddler, Clark Kessinger. Here are the Kessinger Brothers with Old Jake Gillie. THE WESTERNER Ranch Radio on Facebook

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  • Kessinger Brothers Sourwood Mountain

    2:59

    I do not own the copyright to this recording. This video is for historical and educational purposes only.

    Traditional arranged by the Kessinger Brothers

    Clark Kessinger:Fiddle

    Luches Kessinger:Guitar

    Recorded in New York City, N.Y. Wednesday, February 6, 1929

    Originally issued on and this recording taken from the 1929 single (Brunswick 308) (78 RPM)

  • Trombone Rag

    2:40

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Trombone Rag · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Kessinger Brothers-Shoo Fly

    2:52

    Kessinger Brothers-Shoo Fly

  • Kessinger Brothers - Garfield March - 1928

    2:54

    Garfield March
    Kessinger Brothers (Clark and Luches)
    Brunswick 238 - Recorded February 1928

    Fine old time guitar and fiddle playing by Clark and Luches Kessinger, from West Virginia. I apologize for the glitchy audio, I didn't realize it at the time of uploading.

    Transferred from original 78 RPM record by R.C. Montgomery.

    NOTE: This recorded material is transferred from 78 RPM record and presented for non-profit purposes of education, comment, and criticism under 17 U.S.C. § 107: Fair Use. Should complaint arise, it will be removed without need for further conflict.

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  • Kessinger Brothers-Forked Deer

    2:51

    Kessinger Brothers-Forked Deer

  • Kessinger Brothers-Portsmouth

    2:49

    Kessinger Brothers-Portsmouth

    Recorded on Monday, February 4, 1929 in New York, New York for A.R.C. Records.

  • Clark Kessinger at Newport

    2:21

    Clark Kessinger plays Sally Johnson
    at the Newport Festival

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  • Clark Kessinger - Billy In The Low Ground

    2:21

  • Clark Kessinger

    3:52

    An overview of the career of Clark Kessinger, 2007 inductee in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. For more information, go to

  • Red Bird

    2:11

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Red Bird · Clark Kessinger

    Classic Old-Time Fiddle from Smithsonian Folkways

    ℗ 2007 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Released on: 2007-03-13

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Over The Waves - Clark Kessinger

    3:42

  • Flop-Eared Mule

    2:07

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Flop-Eared Mule · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Clark Kessinger - Bitter Creek

    2:07

  • Rose of My Heart Waltz

    3:24

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Rose of My Heart Waltz · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Dance All Night - Clark Kessinger

    2:12

  • Poca River Blues - Clark Kessinger

    2:43

  • 1738 Clark Kessinger - Under The Double Eagle

    2:35

    We've had a request for Clark Kessinger's version of Under The Double Eagle. The tune is on his 1967 album Sweet Bunch of Daisies. The Westerner

  • Durangs Hornpipe

    2:08

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Durang's Hornpipe · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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  • Wild Horse

    2:35

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Wild Horse · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Clark Kessinger - Salt River

    1:51

  • Red Bird

    2:11

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Red Bird · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Red Bird

    2:37

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Red Bird · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Clark Kessinger - Three Forks of Sandy 1966

    1:26

    TGIFF! Its Fiddle Friday and we bring you the 1966 recording of Three Forks of Sandy by Clark Kessinger. THE WESTERNER

  • Hell Among the Yearlings

    2:14

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Hell Among the Yearlings · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Clark Kessinger - Chicken In The Barnyard

    2:28

  • Salt River

    1:46

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Salt River · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Turkey in the Straw

    2:18

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Turkey in the Straw · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Turkey Knob - Clark Kessinger

    2:07

  • Clark Kessinger - Lost Indian

    2:04

    Clark Kessinger performs the old folk, fiddle tune, Lost Indian.

    (from

    There is a legend about the tune Lost Indian that goes back to the early days of the riverboats on the Mississippi River.

    Legend has it that there was a fiddler who used to play for dances on a particular riverboat. For a time during the spring, the river flooded and the water became filled with debris. One day as the fiddler was playing a tune, unnamed at the time, he saw an Indian struggling to survive by clinging to a log in the raging torrent. The Indian knew he was losing his fight against the river and gave his death wail - a high-pitched scream punctuated with a series of whoops that could be heard by the people on the riverboat and especially the fiddler. The fiddler watched the Indian drown and die.


    The fiddler was so affected by what he had witnessed that he went mad. They say that after that the only tune he would play was the one he been playing as he witnessed the untimely death, but when he played the tune he added the Indian's death wail.

    Today the tune is known as Lost Indian. A prominent part of the tune is the addition of the high-pitched wail and whoops which is accomplished by sliding up high on the E string at certain points in the tune.

    The tune has traveled far and wide across the United States and Canada, and has made its way across the oceans. As varied and many as there are tribes of Indians and fiddlers of tunes, there are variations on this melody, but all include the death wail of the lost Indian.

  • Old Joe Clark

    2:09

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Old Joe Clark · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Arkansas Traveler

    2:24

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Arkansas Traveler · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger Live at Union Grove

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1976-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Sunny Side Of The Mountain

    2:23

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Sunny Side Of The Mountain · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar, Vocals: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Ragtime Annie

    2:26

    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises

    Ragtime Annie · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Ricketts Hornpipe

    2:01

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Rickett's Hornpipe · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Sally Ann Johnson

    2:23

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Sally Ann Johnson · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Good Night Waltz

    3:22

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Good Night Waltz · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Chinky Pin

    1:54

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Chinky Pin · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Turkey Knob- Robin Kessinger & Todd Hallawell Richmond FF08

    4:31

    Robin's Uncle Clark Kessinger was recorded by the founder of Rounder in 1972 and has music available from the Smithsonian.Also on Youtube. Todd & Robin played this Festival when it was titled National FF, on the Family stage.10.12.08 Music begins at 1:03

  • Alphonse Bois Sec Dancing 1965 Newport Folk Festival

    4:11

    I've seen 2 separate posts today mentioning Boisec Ardoin so here is a short clip - check out BOisec dancing to the fiddling of Clark Kessinger with the great Gene Meade on guitar!This footage was filmed by Alan Lomax at Newport Folk Festiv...al in about 1965 (not sure the exact year) - these were not public performances, they were staged by Alan Lomax. This is part of a longer film (with many more amazing musical vignettes) that will come out sometime in the next year on DVD, Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop is putting it out. It was issued on VCR some time back, but this will be the first time on DVD

  • Clark Kessinger - Wednesday Night Waltz

    3:32

    Newport Folk Festival (Sept 21-24, 1966)

  • Bobby Taylor plays Clark Kessingers Durangs Hornpipe

    3:26

    Bobby Taylor (fiddle), Kim Johnson (banjo) and Karen Celia Heil (guitar) play Clark Kessinger's version of Durang's Hornpipe at the 2017 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House, September 22, 2017.

  • Kessinger Brothers Sally Johnson & Portsmouth hillbilly = Clark Kessinger

    5:46

    The Kessinger Brothers was not a true brothers team--instead, this is fiddler Clark Kessinger and his nephew Luches on guitar.

    But some labels say The Wright Brothers. Are you getting confused?

    Clark Kessinger (1896-1975) was a fiddler who lived in St. Albans, West Virginia.

    Sound file was done by Frank Dalton.





    Kessinger Brothers (Wright Brothers) Sally Johnson & Portsmouth hillbilly = Clark Kessinger

  • Ragtime Annie - Clark Kessinger

    2:31

  • Three OClock In The Morning

    4:13

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Three O'Clock In The Morning · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Tennessee Waltz

    3:12

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    Tennessee Waltz · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • The Waltz You Saved For Me

    3:21

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group

    The Waltz You Saved For Me · Clark Kessinger

    Old-Time Music With Fiddle & Guitar

    ℗ 1972 Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

    Released on: 1972-01-01

    Producer, Recording Producer: Ken Irwin
    Producer, Recording Producer: Marian Leighton Levy
    Producer, Recording Producer: Bill Nowlin
    Studio Personnel, Editor: Charles Faurot
    Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Ted Osborn
    Associated Performer, Fiddle: Clark Kessinger
    Associated Performer, Guitar: Gene Meade
    Composer Lyricist: Traditional

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Sandy River

    1:58

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Sandy River · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • Wednesday Night Waltz

    3:07

    Provided to YouTube by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

    Wednesday Night Waltz · Clark Kessinger

    Clark Kessinger, Fiddler - Old-Time Country Music

    ℗ 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1966 Folkways Records

    Released on: 1966-01-01

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

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