Interview by Scott Preston
In the mid-1990s, The Fiddleworms emerged as the most important rock band working out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area. Taking their name from night crawler catfish bait, adopting stage personae like Splash Fiddle (Mefford) and Wolf Fiddle (Kennedy), and traveling to gigs in an orange stretch limo, the worms developed a large local following.
Their live shows were electric. They hammered out their musical style on stage, playing 167 shows during 1995, the first year they were together. Conceived by Chris Quillen and Russell Mefford as a vehicle for showcasing songs that Mefford had written, the Fiddleworms forged their reputation with original music in an area that cherished cover bands.
Cincy Groove: It seems everyone in your family is a touring musician.
David MacKay: We are all doing it. There was a Saturday a couple months ago where all four of us (Zion – BoomBox, Kinsman – Grown Folks, Donna – Donna Jean and The Tricksters, and David – Fiddleworms) were playing different parts of the country.
Cincy Groove: How long have you been with the Fiddleworms?
David MacKay: I have been with them for about 3 years. The Fiddleworms were a really popular band in the Southeast area of the country. They were up and coming. They had just release their first album (in 1996) and the guitar player was killed in a car accident. The band went on for a while but ended up breaking up a few years later. About 4 years ago they discovered some tracks that they had recorded before they broke up. So they went back and finished the tracks and released the 2nd album. About that time the bass player quit, and I came on to help out and have been with them ever since. Read more