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Shields Landon "S.L." Jones
Country Band: Fiddler, Guitarist, and Banjoist
painted wood
23 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 7 5/8 in., 25 x 9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in., and 25 1/4 x 11 x 8 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

"A person has to have some work to do, so I carve some and play the fiddle." In the late 1960s, after the death of his first wife and his own retirement, Jones built a workshop in Pine Hill, West Virginia. There he made carvings of rabbits, dogs, horses, and later family members and friends from yellow poplar, walnut, and maple he gathered in the woods near his home. The musicians in Country Band hold the instruments played by members of the prize-winning country band Jones organized as a young man. The contrast between the untreated wood and the painted or penciled surfaces is a hallmark of his style.