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)