Instrument Maker and Musician Eldon Bryson

At his Fiddle Shop in rural Mobile County, Eldon Bryson tries out a mandolin. At 82, Bryson still fixes stringed instruments of all kinds, and plays bluegrass music on the weekends. (Press-Register/John David Mercer)

Community Arts Program manager Deb Boykin interviews Eldon Bryson, a musician and instrument maker from Mobile.  Bryson, now 82, recalls his childhood in South Carolina, where he and his older brother often sang with Bill Monroe in the early days of bluegrass music. He recounts how a luthier  there taught him to repair old fiddles and shares some of his knowledge about fiddle-making.   He plays an original fiddle tune which he often performs when he and his band play each weekend at a Mississippi restaurant.

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