It is with sadness that the TOTFA reports the passing of Royce Franklin, legendary Texas accompanist, on Monday, November 14, 2016. Services will be held at the Lucas Funeral Home, 137 East Hill Street, Keller, TX 76248, with visitation on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; services on Thursday, November 17, at 2 p.m.; and graveside to follow at Bourland Cemetery in Keller. Our condolences to the Franklin family and the fiddle world. Royce will remain a legend to many, was a friend to all, and will be greatly missed.


TOTFA has made arrangements with Comfort Inn & Suites in Glen Rose for discounted rooms November 11-13, the weekend of the Dale McPherson Memorial / TOTFA Contest & Convention. 15 rooms with 2 queen beds ($74 + tax/night), and 5 rooms with a single king bed ($84 + tax/night) are available. Handicap-accessible rooms are also available. You may contact Comfort Inn & Suites at 254-898-8900 and mention the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association to get the discounted rate.


Next Up: September 9, the Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion Fiddle Contest, Alvarado, TX

This weekend, September 9! The Johnson County Pioneers and Old Settlers Reunion will start Friday evening at 7 p.m. For the second year in a row, this is a TOTFA-approved contest. It’s beginning to feel more like fall, so come to Alvarado and enjoy the festive atmosphere and support this contest. There is extra money to be paid out to the 0-15 age division this year, so it’s a great opportunity for youngsters to be appreciated for their talents AND earn a few extra dollars. Click here for additional details.

Latest News: Comanche Pow Wow Fiddle Contest

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, TOTFA is happy to welcome a new contest to the contest family, the Comanche Pow Wow Fiddle Contest. Here is more information, this time including the age divisions and payouts. We hope to see our members there to support it! If you have questions or need more information, you may contact Jordan Bankston, 817-455-4143.

Comanche Pow Wow Fiddle Contest, September 25
Registration at 11:30 am; Contest from 12:30 - 4 pm.
Comanche City Park, 1200 Comanche Trail, Comanche, TX 76442

TOTFA, By the Numbers

TOTFA currently has 133 members
Bank balance, as of September 4: $6,446.33


The Devil's Box available for purchase here!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 beginnings 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. 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 an 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 for any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.

To buy the 3-disc set, click the "Buy Now" button below. You may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support! And spread the word about The Devil's Box - the happy documentary!


April 2: Llano
April 23-25: Hallettsville*
May 7: Groesbeck
May 29: Athens*
September 9: Alvarado
September 25: Comanche
October 1: Bowie
October 8: Seguin
October 8-9: Greenville*
October 22: Gilmer
October 22: Crockett*
November 12-13: Glen Rose

*non-association contest


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