“Prince” Albert Hunt – Transcriptions of Complete Recorded Works

I have just posted eight transcriptions from colorful Texas fiddler “Prince” Albert Hunt. He was an important Texas fiddler who was tragically murdered in 1931. His recorded eight sides before his untimely demise, all of which I have posted to the new Prince Albert Hunt Collection.

  • Blues in the Bottle
  • Canada Waltz
  • Houston Slide
  • Katy On Time (Casey Jones)
  • Oklahoma Rag
  • Traveling Man
  • Wake Up Jacob
  • Waltz of the Roses

His ragtime and breakdown fiddling exhibit a complete disregard for old time fiddling conventions, being rather freeform with timing. Some have named Hunt the father of Western Swing fiddling. I can’t say that I hear much Western Swing in his fiddling, but I’ll leave that decision to cognizati of Western Swing.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Six Gary Lee Moore Breakdowns

I have just posted six breakdowns from Oklahoma fiddler Gary Lee Moore:

  • Acorn Hill Breakdown
  • Arthur Smith’s Reel
  • Boil the Cabbage (Boil Dem Cabbage Down)
  • Danced All Night with a Bottle in My Hand
  • Fort Smith
  • Soppin’ the Gravy

All of these can be found in the Gary Lee Moore Collection. This is some fantastic fiddling, that transcends contest-style. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of modern contest fiddling (I am not), I urge you to take a look.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Versions of Cripple Creek

I have just posted five really nice versions of Cripple Creek by the following fiddlers:

Many musicians dismiss this tune as only for beginners. I’m glad the fiddlers represented here didn’t realize it was only for beginners! These versions, especially from Thomasson and Moore, represent some really fancy fiddling.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Tunes from West Virginia Fiddlers

I have just posted five excellent tunes from four different West Virginia fiddlers:

Of these five tunes, I really like Elk River Blues, Steamboat Bill, and Stacked Them Up in Piles. Humphrey’s Jig is very interesting, a breakdown masquerading as a jig using bowed triplets. Trombone Rag is just plain hard.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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