Daniel Dix Hollis Collection

Daniel Dix Hollis, M.D., (1861-1927) came from Moscow, AL.  His ancestors were planters, soldiers, and politicians.  He took up the fiddle at age 10 and initially learned from one of his family’s slaves.  He studied classical violin while at medical school.  After earning his M.D., he set up a practice in the west Alabama town of Sulligent.

In June of 1924, Dr. Hollis went to New York, NY and apparently recorded 11 tunes, nine of which are extant and available.  They were released on the Alabama String Bands: 1924-1937 compilation from Document Records (MP3s available at archive.org).

Dr. Hollis’ fiddling probably sounds archaic to the modern ear.  His bowing was very aggressive and sometimes lacking in finesse and his phrasing can at first seem nonsensical.  But each and every one of his tunes is very interesting.  They provide a window to the fiddle styles of antebellum Alabama, albeit with post-war and maybe even some classical influences.


9 tunes found in this collection.

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Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Dixie, Patriotic Medley Part One Reel or Breakdown E flat 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Girl Slipped Down, The Reel or Breakdown G 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Glory on the Big String Polka G 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Lone Indian Reel or Breakdown A 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Rye Whiskey Waltz A 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Turkey in de Straw (Turkey in the Straw) Reel or Breakdown C 2013-10-06 2014-11-14
Walking in the Parlor Reel or Breakdown G 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Whistlebee Reel or Breakdown G 2014-11-14 2014-11-14
Yankee Doodle, Patriotic Medley Part Two Reel or Breakdown B flat 2014-11-14 2014-11-14