Surry County old-time fiddler and 1990 N.C. Arts Council Heritage Award recipient Benton Flippen is being remembered for his creativity and lasting musical contributions following his death on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at age 91.
Flippen ranked with other legendary players from the area including fiddler Tommy Jarrell and banjoist Fred Cockerham. In addition to playing old-time standards, he composed several fiddle tunes that entered the repertoires of some of the best old-time string bands.
The seventh of eight children, Flippen took up the banjo as a child living on a Surry County farm, later playing fiddle with some of the finest musicians and string bands of the area, including Glenn McPeak and the Green Valley Boys, Leake Caudill and Esker Hutchins, and the legendary Camp Creek Boys. He was a member of the Smokey Valley Boys since the early 1970s and was a fixture at fiddlers’ contests throughout the region
Hear some of Flippen’s music at the Music Maker Relief Foundation website: http://www.musicmaker.org/artists_profile/Benton-Flippen.