I’m a sucker for a violin. Also cello, and saxophone…but those are whole other posts.
Here’s my favorite bands/songs that use a fiddle:
1. “Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys
This is tied with two other songs for my favorite song of all time, but if push came to shove, this would be #1. Steve Wickham, fiddle player, did the electric violin on U2′s WAR album.
2. “We Hide and Seek” by Alison Krauss & Union Station
The best live musicians going. Wait for it…Right at 1:45. Heaven.
3. “#41″ by Dave Matthews Band
This one also has sax…and flute…does life get any better than that? I love how in the first half of the song, the vocals are done, and the rest is awesome instrumental interplay. Love when the fiddle kicks back in at the end…R.I.P. LeRoi Moore.
4. “Fitzcarraldo” by the Frames
One of what the Frames call their “wedge” songs. Meaning it has a big crescendo. Did I mention I’m a sucker for a crescendo? (The “wedge” term comes from how the song looks on a digital audio editing program–forming a wedge.)
5. “The Lighthouse’s Tale” by Nickel Creek
I tried to find an embeddable version of this song that wasn’t live and this was what I found. The ASL interpreation is just a bonus.
What are some good songs featuring fiddle/violin? Charlie Daniels Band goes without saying.