New Tunes, 2/27/2013: Five Waltzes

I have just posted five waltzes. One of them, Sweet Betsy From Pike, is in the Dr. Fiddle Collection (currently called the Austin Rogers Collection, but I will rename it at some point). The other four are in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection.

  • Gulf Breeze Waltz (East Texas Serenaders)
  • Jacks Creek Waltz (Doc Roberts)
  • Shenandoah Valley Waltz (Charlie “Possum” Walden)
  • Sweet Betsy From Pike (Dr. Fiddle)
  • Whistler’s Waltz (Kirk Brandenberger)

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 2/26/2013: Two Rags from the Grinnel Giggers

I have just posted the final two rags to the Grinnel Giggers collection:

  • Cotton Picker’s Drag
  • Ruth’s Rag

This collection is now complete, containing transcriptions of all eight of the Giggers’ recordings.

I really love these two rags, especially Ruth’s Rag, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 2/21/2013: Three Versions of Mississippi Breakdown

Today we have transcriptions of the three source recordings of Mississippi Breakdown by the following artists:

  • Leake County Revelers
  • Mississippi Possum Hunters
  • Narmour and Smith

Of these three, I like Narmour and Smith’s version the best. It really has a cool old time sound.

These three transcriptions can all be found in the Mississippi Breakdown tune group.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 2/9/2013: Leather Britches, Part 3: Return of the Britches

I have posted four more versions of Leather Britches, and one closely related tune. All of these are in the Leather Britches tune group. The four versions of Leather Britches are from the following fiddlers:

  • Benton Flippen
  • Clifford Gross
  • Dudley Spanger
  • W. L. Gregory

The closely related tune is Hey Little Boy, Where’d You Get Your Britches? as played by Clyde Davenport. I really like this tune, better than the other four in this update.

As of this update, there are 15 versions ofLeather Britches on DrFiddle.com. I have more than that still left to transcribe. However, I’m getting really sick of this tune, so I may set it aside for a while.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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New Tunes, 2/5/2013: Leather Britches Part 2: Revenge of the Britches

The britches are back, and as leathery as ever. I have posted five more versions of this tune, by the following artists:

  • Boyd Asher
  • Doc Roberts
  • Gid Tanner
  • Johnny Balmer and his Grand Canyon Boys (Slim Forbes on fiddle)
  • The Skillet Lickers

Of these versions, I really like Boyd Asher’s and Gid Tanner’s. Both are extremely cool, and Asher’s is crooked as all get-out. Give them a try!

I also started a new collection for the Skillet Lickers. I figured I would go ahead and start it, as I definitely intend to transcribe more of their material. Currently it has Leather Britches as recorded by the Skillet Lickers and by Gid Tanner later in life.

I have many more versions of Leather Britches to transcribe and post, but I may take a break from this tune for a while.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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New Tunes, 2/1/2013: Leather Britches, Part 1 (Five Versions)

I have just posted five versions of the well-known tune Leather Britches by the following artists:

  • Carter Brothers & Son
  • Earl Johnson and His Clodhoppers
  • The Leake County Revelers
  • Lon Jordan
  • Melvin Wine

The versions by the Leake County Revelers and Melvin Wine are in their respective collections; all others are in the Miscellaneous Transcriptions Collection. All five may be found in the Leather Britches tune group.

Of these five versions, I like Lon Jordan’s the best. But there are even better versions to come when I post more versions of this old chestnut. Look out for Leather Britches, Part 2: Revenge of the Britches sometime next week.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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