T.C. Foster learned the ways of the fiddle at a very young age, often listening for hours at a time to his father play on the family's front porch. Foster wanted to play so bad, he would sneak around with his father’s fiddle, playing every chance he got. By the time he turned 17, Foster was a natural with the instrument and loved to perform “how Pa would play it.” In the 1930s, Foster found himself working full-time in a cotton mill in Greenville, with very little time to play fiddle. And in an unfortunate turn of events, he lost his only fiddle in an accident in the late 1930s. Over the next ten years, Foster worked hard and was able to save up for another fiddle. His short-bow style of play imitated the techniques of many Piedmont and mountain fiddlers at the turn of the twentieth century.