Eddy Tice was a native of Olney, Indiana and became one of the masters of the old
"dog house" bass fiddle. Several times, Uncle Bob Hardy tells us that in country
music back then, the "beat" was the thing. Eddy was one of those who gave the
Hayloft Frolic group its beat through the years.
He played the bass fiddle for many years, playing for singers throughout the Indiana
and Illinois area.
Eddy was a bit of student of the bass and its beat. He went beyond the five string
bass fiddle. During the course of his travels and personal appearances, he had
seen many a musician use a different instrument to drive the rhythmic beats of their
band and usually painted with loud colors as part of a comedy routine. That type of
instrument consisted of a "washtub and pitcher pump handle".
Mr. Tice took a different approcah at one point. He often took part in many of the
stage routines during the shows, but was not a comedian in that sense. But he
did master his "Thimp Pump" as a serious musician might.
Around the time Uncle Bob and the Hayloft Frolic gang was prepariing to tour Japan and Korea to entertain
the United Nations troups in 1957, the talents of Eddy Tice became a part of their group.
His 'beat' toured the Far East and later in 1958, Germany when the group made another tour.
Uncle Bob notes that Eddy was "...a performing trouper...a serious musician...and a Bass Beat...Creator!"
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to express its appreciation to
Uncle Bob Hardy for providing his recollection of Eddy Tice's career.