Musicians and enthusiasts are working to help a renowned fiddler and owner of a popular instrument shop after a recent fire gutted the business in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The blaze destroyed Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall and the adjacent Furrow Flowers & Gifts. Byron Berline, who appeared on Elton's 21 At 33 album and worked with the likes of Bob Dylan; John Denver; the Byrds; Rod Stewart; the Rolling Stones; and Willie Nelson, owned both buildings and says the instruments lost had their own personalities and voices.
Both buildings were more than 100 years old. The fiddle shop had been open since the 1990s. It's believed to have housed 400 fiddles, plus guitars and other stringed instruments, as well as mementoes.
The city of Guthrie and the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, which Berline founded and organizes, have partnered with the Tower Theatre to plan a March 31 benefit concert at the historic Oklahoma City venue. Another fundraising event is tentatively planned in late spring in downtown Guthrie.
And in conjunction with the OKC Jazz Fest, Los Angeles jazz and hip-hop violinist Lucine Fyelon and OKC fiddler Kyle Dillingham are scheduled to play another benefit April 13 at the Auditorium at Douglass.