Uncle Pen (Pendleton Vandiver) // The International Bluegrass Music Museum has acquired a pair of rare photos of Pendleton Vandiver, Bill Monroe's legendary Uncle Pen, whose fiddle playing was famously remembered in the Monroe song by that name.
The only known photograph of Arnold Schultz credited with inventing thumb-style guitar made popular by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. The fiddler is Arnold Pendleton (Uncle Pen) Vandiver. These two shaped Bill Monroe's music more than any other early influence.
John Hartford would come to Atlanta in concert. Magic. What he could do on the banjo & fiddle...and board-dancing & singing at the same time. Died too soon -- but thanks to YouTube we can still appreciate his music -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVQ3w3sKxA&feature=related -- start around 1:42 minutes in.