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Joe Val Heritage Award
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Sam will be honored with the Boston Bluegrass Union’s Heritage Award. From the BBU’s website: “Heritage awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor those who have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass in New England. The awards will be presented during the 26th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2011, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA” Sam and his sons Billy and Dave will be performing on Saturday from 11:30-12:00.
Sam Tidwell Tribute Day  2009 BGCcafe Blogspot: Tribute
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The Singing River Ramblers


Sam (Pascoag, RI), Dick Krupicka (St. Cloud, MN), Jerry Holmes, Sequin, TX (caller), Wayne Bradfield (Tulsa, OK), Dean Witt (Odessa, WA)

Uncle Jim Reilly and the Westones

1957  WNRI

Standing: Sam, Jim, Hank Lockwood, Patsy Reilly

Seated: Cousin Darlene and Jimmy Bulris

Dick Williams, Grem Ferris & The Country Wranglers

Front: Frankie Hobson, Vinnie Doyle, George Paine, Sam. Back: Grem and Dick  1959

Dick Williams and the Country Wranglers

Left: No, this isn't Sam when he was young - it's Dick Williams.

Sam, George Paine, Billy Simpson, Dick   1958

Front: George Paine, Joey Haywood, Sam, Frankie Hobson. Standing: Dick and Grem 1960

????? Country
Lone Star Ranch at Reed's Ferry, NH
Fred Pike and his brother Earl. The young lady was Earlene Pike.

Another picture contributed by Dave Thibodeau 

"Role reversal : The only known pic of Dad with an electric bass in hand, mid 60's. Dad, Earl Pike, Earl's kids Gordon and Earline, Fred " and Dave Papuga.

Watching Daddy Change Strings

Linda and Marc watch Sam change his strings. Marc was so impressed he became a musician himself.


Better check with Sam, maybe he's restoring or building an instrument.

The Country Cut-Ups

Back: Jimmy Moore, Carl Rebello, Bobby

Front: Sam, Roger Williams

Martin Mull???? Yes!

You've heard the he is. It's true, Martin Mull really was into Bluegrass AND he picked with Sam.

Sam's son Dave contributed this photo.

Dave notes: " Dad with Les Daniels on banjo and an as yet unknown Martin Mull" 

Club 47   1964

The Cedar Mtn Boys

The original Cedar Mtn Boys

Back: Bobby Thibodeau and Tom Riley (aka Floyd Bradley)

Front: Ollie ("String Bean") Stedman and  Sam

c. 1962

(Bobby was in the class of 1965 - this kid wasn't even out of high school and he was playing professionally!)

The Cedar Mtn Boys

Charlie Smith, Bob Smith, Sam

The Cedar Mtn Boys

This photo is of the second Cedar Mtn Boys

Left to right:

Charlie Smith, Sam, Bob Smith (not related to Charlie), and Bob Peelstrom


Fred Pike-Sam Tidwell and the Kennebec Valley Boys

Dave Staber, Sam, Fred Pike, Bob Denoncourt, Nelson Whipple taken at the radio station

From a flyer:

Fred Pike - Sam Tidwell and the Kennebec Valley Boys


Available for bookings throughout the year - Shows, Campgrounds, Fairs, Clubs and other events THIS BLUEGRASS BAND HAS APPEARED FROM CANADA TO TEXAS

Tidwell Bros & Cedar Mtn Boys

Sam (Thibodeau) Tidwell, Hardy Brendle, Bobby (Thibodeau) Tidwell, Bob Denoncourt

Don Stover & The White Oak Mountain Boys

Sam played guitar when he was a member of the White Oak Mountain Boys during the time Don played at the Stickey Wicket Pub in Hopkinton, MA and on a Canadian tour




These photos were all taken at the Flamingo Hotel in Ontario, Canada

Wade Hill and his Bluegrass Professionals

Sam on mandolin and Wade on banjo

Remember "A Daisy A Day"?

Sam and Fred Pike on tour with Jud Strunk.

This was taken at VMI (Virginia Military Institute) 1975

Jud is 2nd from the left in the back

Kennebec Valley Boys - Sam, Jim Rassmussen, Bill Kimball, Bobby

Award winning KVB 1975 Best Bluegrass in Maine

Sam, Bill Kimball, Bob Denoncourt, Fred Pike, and MC Bill Clement

Sam Tidwell and the Kennebec Valley Folks (Liz and Stan Keach) 1979

Kennebec Valley Boys

Fred Pike, Bill Kimball, Dave and Sam Thibodeau

KVB 1976 Sam, Bob Denoncourt, Bill Kimball, Fred Pike

Somewhere in Skowhegan, Maine about 1975

Left: Bobby Thibodeau, Dick Thornley, Sam Thibodeau, Bob Denoncourt

Top:  Dick, Sam, Bob, Bobby


The Prospectors at Carl Allen's Cafe in Auburndale, FL

Bob Denoncourt might have joined them for a song here.

Billy Thibodeau (Sam's son) and Bob Denoncourt at Cochran (Georgia) Bluegrass festival 2000. Billy is a member of Union River Band - popular Bluegrass band "Down East"

Dave Thibodeau: "The last time we all got together was at Fred's last fest, 1995."

Dave on guitar, Billy on manodlin, Sam on banjo, and Marc on bass.

Same day.

Dave, Marc, Billy, Edie, Sam, Kathy, Lyn

The brat pack: Dave, Kathy, Billy, Lyn, and Marc

Billy's festival September 2005

Dave's daughter Shelby taking pointers from her granddad, father, and uncle

Sam, Shelby, Dave, Marc

Billy's daughter Cassidy with from left to right: her dad Billy, her granddad Sam, her uncles Dave and Marc

Billy, (Dave on bass), Sam, and Marc

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