Dec. 9: It was 30 years ago today that the Nashville recording scene lost one of its great musicians: Tommy Jackson, whose fiddle graced countless cuts by Ray Price, Webb Pierce and so many others. In his honor, I wanted to gather up some of the previous installments of 3 Chords a Day that include his work. They’re just seven of the thousands of records he played on.

Tommy Jackson “was the first important session fiddle player in Nashville … and died in relative obscurity,” wrote biographer Bruce Eder for Allmusic.com. Read it for his explanation why, as well as a discussion of his solo career. And if you like clean, blusey fiddle from country music’s classic era, seek out as many Tommy Jackson records as you can find.

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