Benton Flippen

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Benton Flippen: was born in 1920 and was first influenced as a fiddler by an uncle from Thomasville, NC, who would occasionally visit his parents’ home.  From 1948 onwards Benton played on WPAQ, a local radio station, often in company with Esker Hutchins who taught him many local tunes.  Other influences include Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith (heard on the radio) and local banjo-player Kyle Creed.  Benton currently has a fine CD out on Rounder (CD 0326).

Part of the booklet notes, written by Mike Yates, to the Musical Traditions Records CDs Far in the Mountains (MTCD321-4)