sounds and discography

new nashville came from visits with Charie McCarroll, whose family has been playing fiddle in East Tennesse for generations. His father's fiddling was recorded in the late 1920s. Joseph Decosimo fiddle, Luke Richardson banjo, Karen Celia Heil guitar

paddy won't you drink some cider features the Bucking Mules and comes from visits with Charlie Acuff in Alcoa, Tennessee. His grandfather played the tune. We grabbed a few words from Riley Pucktett. Joseph Decosimo fiddle and vocals, Luke Richardson banjo, Karen Celia Heil guitar and vocals, Joe DeJarnette bass

 boatsman comes from old Library of Congress field recordings made in the 1940s of Western North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin. Joseph Deccosimo fiddle, Luke Richardson banjo

in the pines was learned from field recordings of th Hicks family from my native Cumberland Plateau. Joseph Decosimo banjo and vocals, Karen Celia Heil vocals


Joseph Decosimo on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, Luke Richardson on banjo and harmonica, Karen Celia Heil on guitar and vocals, Joe Dejarnette on bass. The blue ribbon winning string band busts down on highly danceable old time music. 



 "Sequatchie Valley is one of my jealously guarded treasures. It’s an album filled with unexpected delights: beautiful tunes and songs learned directly from elder musicians from Joseph’s home state. The fiddle tunes are often beguiling: the softly loping rhythms of Bob Douglas’ tune “Jenny in the Cotton Patch” wind their way as if along an old dirt track. Each tune is like the tip of an iceberg; they’re seemingly short vignettes of Tennessee rural life that actually reflect years of friendships, community life, and good times spent with neighbors."   Devon Leger, No Depression


a collection of younger, noteworthy old time musicians. Featuring Joseph Decosimo with MJ Epps, Ben Nelson and Pan Riggs alongside a number of the finest young old time musicians in the country

"Released a few months ago, The New Young Fogies, vol. 1is a compilation album of field recordings from a new generation of Appalachian old-time players. It's also a pure delight. About time someone took it on themselves to document some of the younger old-time musicians in the mountains, and if this album is an indication, which it must be, then the ancestral Appalachian home of American old-time music must be full to bursting with great talent."   Hearth Music

session work: contributed fiddle tracks on Hiss Golden Messenger's recent LPs:


Poor Moon


MC Taylor is writing some of the best songs out there. These are worth a listen.