Leo Herron, a native of Barbour County, made his mark in West Virginia’s early country music scene through playing fiddle and guitar with various bands on live radio. These shows were produced at WMMN in Fairmont during the early 1940s. Leo accepted an offer to perform at the Augusta Heritage Center’s Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, and later at Augusta’s Old-Time Week in 1997. The film from this performance is the only visual documentation of his considerable talent. That performance is presented here along with some audio tunes recorded at Leo’s home, plus photographs and biographical information.
Not long before Leo succumbed to cancer in 1998, he accepted an apprentice through Augusta’s Folk Art Apprenticeship Program. Chris Haddox made a half dozen or so treks to Leo’s home before Leo’s death, learning his style and as many of Leo’s tunes as possible. Chris plays three of Leo’s tunes on this DVD. He is perhaps the only person to have learned some of Leo’s musical secrets.
Augusta hopes that this DVD will add to that legacy by giving others access to one of West Virginia’s true master players. Production and DVD authoring by Gerald Milnes for Augusta Heritage Center.
Cover photo and design by Sam L. Linkous
60 minutes, plus music audio clips. DVD – $15