Cracker Jazz or Hillbilly Jazz is fiddle based music that expresses the improvised line in fiddle style. The comparison to bluegrass is obvious. In bluegrass each instrument is allowed only limited scope for improv, usually eight bars, sometimes equal to the length of a fiddle tune.
Maybe the first difference you can hear between a real fiddler and a violinist playing a fiddle tune is the accent on the off beat. By the way, Liz Carroll produced an album titled On the Off Beat, which is a playfully clever title. I begin teaching my students about this not long after they play Bilem Cabbage … Read more