I am a hopeless history nut. Always have been. I visit Cemeteries to look at old graves. They tell a story.
When I was called to Fremont Nebraska for a job interview I immediately thought of it's proximity to Tekamah where "Uncle" Bob Walters the renowned Missouri Valley style fiddler. This is where he lived and is buried.
Recently Missouri Valley Music released a two CD set of his music. Fiddlers in the know are excited about this. Even though Bob Walters has been gone now since 1960, his legacy remains fifty years later.
I have to admit he is not my favorite. I have a couple mp-3's of his work and they don't really send me but I need to hear more.
It will help if I quote Charlie Walden, on Bob Walters
"Walters is a seminal figure in Midwestern fiddling whose influence on the tradition was considerable during the 1940 and 50s, the heyday of agricultural broadcasting in the Central states. Walters, a Nebraska native, performed over numerous radio stations in the region and was widely admired and imitated by such well-known performers as Cyril Stinnett, Lonnie Robertson and Dwight Lamb."
You can learn more about Bob Walters at Charlies several websites on Missouri Fiddling. I always encourage folks to stop by his sites for an education.
Anyway, to get back to where this is headed, I will stop by and visit his gravesite and take a photo, of which I will post here.
The local newspaper located his grave for me and for that I am grateful. I love small towns.
I also wish to note with pride that according to the Editor, Mark Jackson, the stone has a Masonic symbol on it. Being a Mason myself, I am more than pleased to hear Bob Walters was a brother Mason. In fact, if you look at the photo, I bet that is a Masonic ring on his right hand. (I guess you have to be a Mason to understand this)
UPDATE: My camera was not able to function so I skipped the trip to Tekamah. Dang it.