John L. "Uncle Bunt" Stephens was born in 1879 in Bedford, TN. He was orphaned at an early age and raised in Flatcreek. He was a construction worker for most of his life. In 1926 he decided to enter a fiddle contest that was being sponsored Henry Ford (he was a fan of Old-Time Music). He won every level of the competition he got to the finals in Detroit as a representative of the south. The judges were most impressed with "Cacklin' Hen" and "Sail Away Lady" He won first prize which included $1,000 a new Lincoln car, and a new set of clothes. Stephens said that he'd rather have the money and no car so he could buy a Model T instead. He died in 1951.
- The Anthology Of American Folk Music
- Nashville: The Early String Bands
- The Wonderful World Of Old-Time Fiddles
- Raw Fiddle