The Devil's Box is a fast paced jam-packed look at the world of contest fiddling. Every year
contestants from all over the United States flock to the town of
Hallettsville, Texas, to compete for the title of Best Texas-style
fiddler. Featuring performances from some of the greatest
legends of American roots music, The Devil’s Box explores the
of the art form and showcases the rising talents that will dominate the
traditional music scene for years to come. The Devil’s Box is an
instant classic, filled with fantastic music and great family fun.
Dennis Ludiker with Rex Gillentine
Mia Orosco with Anthony Mature
Wes Westmoreland III with Jim Reina and Anthony Mature
Sedra & Deena Bistodeau with Aarun Carter
Bubba Hopkins with Rex Gillentine, Steve Williams, Anthony
Mature and Ray Franklin
Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor
The Devil's Box trailer
The 3-Disc set includes:
Disc 1: The Devil's Box documentary, an 84 minute look at the world of contest fiddling and all of the major players involved. Bonus features include an extended history section of Texas-style, a four minute movie of the Hallettsville Bar-BQ cook-off, Song Writers Serenade featurette and Interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper
Disc 2: The Devil's Box Bonus Disc features 42 complete fiddle tunes played by contestants from around the country as well as performances by Larry Franklin, Texas Shorty, and many, many more.
Disc 3: The Lost Benny Thomasson Tapes
This disc is a wonderful hour long interview with the master himself, Benny Thomasson. Benny tells the story of Texas-style as only he knows it and plays 19 tunes like only he can. This interview from 1976 has been cleaned up and remastered and is the ideal tutorial from any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.
The Devil's Box premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and has been shown at other festivals around the country including Reel Music in Portland, Dallas VideoFest, Little Rock Film Festival and International Folk Alliance Conference.
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