Fiddlin Red Seidman-
The Late-Great Fiddle, Mandolin & Guitar Genius:)
Lawrence Aaron Seidman
July 19, 1956 - November 30, 2007
Born and raised in Wantagh, New York, Larry played his first fiddle in the back of his parent’s station wagon. His father showed him how the bow made sounds as it went across the strings and sat him in the very back of the car for the long drive to southern Florida. He found, lots of practice, he had a gift to play anything with strings on it and left the northeast as soon as he was finished with school. Traveling across the country, making money, making music as he went, he settled in Montana for awhile hopping freight trains with slide guitar master "Dobro Dick" Dillof and then on to the Ft. Lauderdale area in 1978.
Known around the world as Fiddlin’ Red, his list of credits reads like a "Who's Who" of professional music. During his distinguished 35 year career he shared the stage with famous groups such as Alabama, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, John Anderson, The Captain & Tenille, The Hot Walker Band, John Hall, Jonathan Edwards Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, Jon Anderson, Ricky Nelson, Ed Bruce, John Connelly, The Marshall Tucker Band and many others.
He also toured and performed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Russia & Cuba.
His studio credits include “The Rockford Files”, “Miami Vice”, Connie Francis, Chief James Billie, KISS Radio 99.9, Dave Feder, Case & Davidson, as well as commercials for Toyota, American Airlines, Aim Toothpaste and many, many others! He is currently on dozens of cd's and we will be working on publishing his original music in 2008.
Besides his virtuoso fiddling, Red made beautiful music on his mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and bass. The grin on his face while he was entertaining made it obvious he enjoyed what he was doing as much as everyone watching him enjoyed his performance. As a staff musician for the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West for 7 years, playing on a stage with a live cam, his fans and friends all over the world would sit at their computers intently watching and listening to every note, every joke, every wave and personal greeting. He would try to make sure he said “hello” to everyone.
In addition to his love for music he loved traveling, fishing and sailing, spending lots of time in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. For a brief time he acted as Captain of the Calypso Gypsy, a sailing vessel in the Boy Scout program. The kids truly loved his wit, his music and his kindness. He enjoyed flying airplanes, playing golf, riding horses and lived life to it’s fullest. He always used to say, “Everything in moderation, even excess!”
In 1996 he decided to take a break from the “jukebox” life of cranking out song after song after song and settled in northern Georgia. He bought his property in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and worked at Gold City Corral, driving carriages, leading trail rides and being a cowboy. He began building guitars again and left us with two beautiful, unfinished masterpieces.
Red met Diane in 1998 and was going to hire her to build a house for him, but decided to marry her instead. They traveled and worked in the Florida Keys, their home in Talking Rock, Georgia and their lake home on the Suwannee River.
Red always had a kind word, a smile and a handshake or a hug. If this bio were to list the people who loved him, the pages would reach the clouds, just like his hearty laughter.
We are blessed with many memories and recordings of his music...We all miss him so.
If he were alive he would tell you, "Life is a journey, enjoy the ride and turn up the music !"