Bluegrass fiddler Raymond Dorsey "Curly" Parker once professed that he actually liked to play the guitar better than the fiddle, and wound up rubbing rosin on many a bow simply because of a shortage of good fiddle players in his territory. As he said in an interview for the fifth volume of Rounder's ambitious Early Days of Bluegrass series: "Well, I liked the guitar better than the fiddle. But at the time there wasn't no fiddles and Ed Haley and them were gettin' on up in years and you couldn't depend on them to keep going, you know, and you were interested in makin' money and somebody had to play the fiddle, so I just picked it up and kept on-a playin'." But he grew enamored of the fiddle, and although a vintage publicity photo of his group the Pine Ridge Boys lists Parker as guitarist in the caption, he actually cradles a fiddle lovingly in the photograph. At least the instruments seem more visible than the letter "e," which slips into spellings of this artist's name (i.e., "Curley") roughly half the time. It would have been simpler if he had stayed Ray, as his parents named him and his wife called him.