Five Georgia Fiddling Transcriptions, Sponsored by Patrick Towell

I have just posted five transcriptions of Georgia fiddling, by Fiddlin’ John Carson and Gid Tanner. These transcriptions are generously sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

The John Carson tunes may be found in the Deep South Collection:

  • The Old Frying Pan and the Old Camp Kettle
  • Peter Went Fishing

As I transcribe more of Carson’s tunes, I will eventually create a dedicated John Carson collection.

The Gid Tanner tunes may be found in the Skillet Lickers Collection:

  • Buckin’ Mule
  • Georgia Railroad
  • I’m Satisfied

Likewise, the Skillet Lickers Collection will probably be divided up into collections for individual fiddlers as more and more recordings are transcribed.

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Versions of Paddy on the Turnpike

I have just posted five versions of Paddy on the Turnpike from the following fiddlers:

  • Clark Kessinger
  • Wilson Douglas
  • Gene Goforth
  • Gary Lee Moore (under the name Jenny on the Railroad)
  • Albert Lee “Red” Steeley (Red Headed Fiddlers)

All of these may be found in the Paddy on the Turnpike tune group. Of these versions, I like Gary Lee Moore’s and Red Steeley’s the best.

You may have noticed that I have uploaded two batches of tunes today (Wednesday), instead of my usual batch on a weekend. This is because I plan on taking a brief two-week hiatus. If all goes as planned, the next update will be on March 29th. Until then,

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Versions of Beaumont Rag

I have just posted five versions of Beaumont Rag from four artists. Gary Lee Moore actually plays two distinct versions of this piece, one under the name Kill ‘Em in a different key. This update includes Samuel Peacock’s version; he is the reputed author of this tune. All of these can be found in the Beaumont Rag tune group.

  • The East Texas Serenaders (Beaumont Rag in C)
  • Orville Burns (Beaumont Rag in F)
  • Samuel Peacock (Beaumont Rag in F)
  • Gary Lee Moore (Beaumont Rag in F)
  • Gary Lee Moore (Kill ‘Em in D)

Beaumont Rag is one of my favorite tunes in general, and definitely my favorite native Texas tune. All five of these versions are marvelous, but I especially love Moore’s two versions.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Versions of Bill Cheatum

I have just posted five great versions of the old standard Bill Cheatum by the following fiddlers:

The Gary Lee Moore and Benny Thomasson versions would be of great interest to those who like modern contest-style fiddling. The Red Steeley version shows how it might have been played in Texas before the advent of contest-style fiddling. The most unique version would have to be Melvin Wine’s, as he played the A part in the key of G and the B part in the key of D (rather than both parts in the key of A).

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Six Gary Lee Moore Breakdowns

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

  • Fourteen Days in Georgia
  • New Broom
  • Old Grey Mare Come a’ Chargin’ Out the Wilderness, The
  • Paddy, Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider
  • Scolding Wife
  • Shortenin’ Bread

All of these tunes can be found in the Gary Lee Moore Collection. I especially like Moore’s rendition of Scolding Wife.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

 

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