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About the video
One of Chubby's best. A real hoe-down fiddle tune... "Way Down Yonder"
About the artist
Chubby Wise is one of the greatest fiddle players of all time. Chubby is from
Lake City, Florida. He is remembered as playing with Bill Monroe and the
Bluegrass boys. He makes his fiddle talk with Cacklin' Hen.
Chubby Wise - Born October 2, 1915
The intense, bluesy fiddle stylings of Chubby Wise are an integral part of the
genesis of recorded bluegrass music. As a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass
Boys, he participated in historic major record label sessions in 1946 and 1947
that--along with live performances--defined the genre and established the
fiddle's prominent role in bluegrass.
He was also a superb rhythm guitarist. Born Robert Russell Dees and adopted
as an infant, his surname became Wise and he was reared in Lake City, Florida.
Moving to Nashville in 1943, he recorded with Hank Williams in 1947 and
co-wrote "Shenandoah Waltz."
Throughout his career, Wise was a major force in popularizing--thus becoming
prominently identified with--the classic "Orange Blossom Special." This standard
and "Lee Highway Blues" were highlights of his stage appearances. Following 15
years with Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys on WSM's Grand Ole Opry in the
1950s and '60s, Wise began a solo performing and recording career in
bluegrass in 1970.
His rich, distinctive playing and his open, affable manner made Chubby a
favorite of many until his death in 1996.