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Mountain Music Museum to unveil Roy Acuff fiddle

From staff reports • Apr 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A rare fiddle, once owned by the late country music legend Roy Acuff, will be unveiled at the Mountain Music Museum on Tuesday, May 1. Members of the Acuff family will be present, and there will be live music and free admission during the celebration, from 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m.

The fiddle is on loan to the museum for one year, courtesy of its owner, Lamar Peek, in memory of his late brother, Bobby, who purchased it at a pawn shop in Alabama. The fiddle received national attention last January, when a member of Peek’s family donated it to Goodwill in Kansas City without realizing its historical significance.

Goodwill initially placed the fiddle for auction online. Bidding reached $8,200 before Goodwill returned the fiddle to Peek, who donated $1,000 to Goodwill. The organization also received an $8,000 donation from Stacy Harris, a Nashville-based country music journalist.

After learning about the fiddle, the museum approached Peek to see if he would consider loaning it to be displayed as part of an existing Acuff exhibit. Peek agreed, and in April, he and museum Executive Director Rick Dollar met in Nashville to sign the paperwork and transfer the fiddle.

Peek discussed the fiddle during an interview with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on his weekly program “Huckabee” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The interview can be seen here: https://youtu.be/6DU_VyQ9wTo.

“We are grateful to Lamar Peek for his generosity and to Mike Huckabee for sharing the story of the fiddle on his show,” Dollar said.

The instrument was made in 1945 by the singer’s uncle, Evart Acuff, in Maryville, Tennessee, just south of Knoxville. Evart was an acclaimed fiddle maker in the region.

The fiddle will be unveiled at the museum, 316 Broad St. Admission during that period will be free. For information, call (423) 765-2552.

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