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.
Dennis Ludiker with Rex Gillentine
Mia Orosco with Anthony Mature
Wes Westmoreland III with Jim Reina and Anthony Mature
Sedra & Deena Bistodeau with Aarun Carter
Bubba Hopkins with Rex Gillentine, Steve Williams, Anthony
Mature and Ray Franklin
Jim "Texas Shorty" Chancellor
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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 Interview with the director Jason Hammond and producer Beth Jasper. Please note: The single disc DVD contains the movie only.
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 from any fiddler who wants to hear the tunes exactly as Benny played them and learn some fascinating fiddle history along the way.
The Devil's Box had its World Premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, and has been shown at festivals around the country including Reel Music in Portland, Dallas VideoFest, Little Rock Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and International Folk Alliance Conference.
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What people are saying about the film:
"The Devil's Box is a wise, fun and affectionate study of an annual and esteemed fiddling championship in Hallettsville, Texas. Folksy and fast-paced, the film effortlessly weaves the history, musicians, significance and culture of Texas-style fiddling." Rick Koster, author of TEXAS MUSIC and LOUISIANA MUSIC
The Devil’s Box is a lively look at a living tradition of Texas fiddle music. Less about the history of the music than how it’s been preserved, practiced, loved, and performed for four generations. The successors of Eck Robertson and Tommy Duncan now include teenage girls and young women whose dedication to the fiddle is both intense and joyful. Rick Worland, Professor of Film & Media Arts, Southern Methodist University (SMU)