Fred Van Eps records were issued on many different labels from the 1900's through the 1920's. Here's a more uncommon one on the Pathe Freres Phonograph Company label. Pathe records were vertically cut and cannot be played on regular phonographs without the proper needle and sound box assembly.
Swipe left for clip! As the ragtime, dance band, and solo banjo genres continued to be popular, Fred Van Eps continued cranking out the hits for Victor during the 1910's. This is "Razzberries" recorded in 1917 by the Van Eps Trio.
Swipe left for clip! Here's Fred Van Eps' banjo solo of "Florida Rag" recorded July 1912 for Victor Records. Last week we featured this same song played by Vess Ossman recorded a decade earlier. Look back and listen and compare and see what you think!
Fred Van Eps recorded "Rag Pickings" for the Victor label in January 1911. He had recorded earlier for Edison and Columbia as well. Van Eps was also a banjo maker and the Van Eps Recording Banjo was a highly-desirable model known for its loud volume capability until the 1930's. Fred Van Eps lived until 1960, long enough to see his influence in the works of early country greats like Charlie Poole, then in early bluegrass recordings.
We spent lots of time recently talking about the great Vess Ossman and his contributions to Ragtime banjo and future country music records, but he wasn't the only early great. Fred Van Eps was born in 1878 and was a decade younger than Ossman. Van Eps was barely 20 years old when Ossman was well established. Ossman ruled the banjo in America in the 1900-1910 era, but Fred Van Eps ruled the 1910's as Ossman faded. Here are a couple of sides he recorded for Edison, including "Dixie Medley" and "Infanta March".
This was one of those moments where I saw a piece of classical music on the floor & thought, “How can I turn this into a fiddle tune?” So here’s my Western swing adaption of Bach’s Air from Suite in D. Enjoy!