Six Versions of Billy in the Low Ground

I have just posted six versions of the widespread tune Billy in the Low Ground by five different fiddlers. These transcriptions can be found in the Billy in the Low Ground tune group. The fiddlers represented in this update are the following:

  • Gene Goforth (two versions, one under the name Apple Time)
  • J. P. Fraley
  • Clark Kessinger
  • Henry Reed
  • Melvin Wine

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Introducing the Gene Goforth Collection

True to my word in the previous post, I have just created the Gene Goforth Collection. The new collection currently contains the four Goforth transcriptions that were previously in the Ozarks and Missouri Valley Collection (I need to come up with a better grouping!), as well as the following five transcriptions that I have just posted:

  • Back Up and Push
  • Big Sandy
  • Black River
  • Boatin’ Down the River
  • Charleston Number One

Two of these, Back Up and Push and Big Sandy, were recorded during Goforth’s dalliance with Bluegrass and are therefore rather grassy. I am personally more interested in Goforth’s old time material, but I am transcribing and posting his more grassy stuff for completeness.

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Introducing the Clark Kessinger Collection

I have just created the Clark Kessinger Collection, which I should have done long ago because there were already 10 Kessinger transcriptions in the Southern Appalachians Collection. The new collection is starting with these 10 transcriptions, but I have about 80 more to transcribe and post.

Expect to see a new Gene Goforth Collection in the near future as well. Over the next few months, I plan on transcribing and posting everything I can find of both Goforth and Kessinger, likely alternating between the two.

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Georgia Fiddling from John Carson, Gid Tanner, and Clayton McMichen, Sponsored by Patrick Towell

I have just posted twelve transcriptions from Georgia fiddlers John Carson, Gid Tanner, and Clayton McMichen. These transcriptions are generously sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell. I was going to post these as two separate updates, but since I didn’t get around to posting anything last weekend, I decided to post them all now.

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

  • Cotton Eyed Joe
  • Nancy Rowland
  • Old Grey Horse Ain’t What He Used to Be, The

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

  • Alabama Gal, Give the Fiddler a Dram (Buffalo Gals)
  • Arkansaw (Arkansas) Traveler
  • Black Eyed Susie
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Prettiest Little Girl in the County
  • Sourwood Mountain

The Clayton McMichen tunes may also be found in the Skillet Lickers Collection. These tunes comprise McMichen’s Fiddlin’ Medley.

  • Durang’s Hornpipe, Fiddlin’ Meldey Part One and Reprise
  • Soldier’s Joy, Fiddlin’ Medley Part Two
  • Rye Straw, Fiddlin’ Medley Part Three

Many thanks to Patrick Towell for generously sponsoring these transcriptions.

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

 

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Last Update of Gary Lee Moore Transcriptions

I have just posted the final five Gary Lee Moore transcriptions, including three rags, one breakdown, and one waltz:

  • Acorn Stomp (rag)
  • Dixie (rag)
  • Echoes of the Ozarks (rag)
  • Mississippi Sawyer (breakdown)
  • Shannon Waltz

These transcriptions can be found in the Gary Lee Moore Collection. I especially like Echoes of the Ozarks, in which Moore samples a phrase from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

This is the final batch of Gary Lee Moore transcriptions, unless and until further recordings is this superlative fiddler become available. (If you know of any that I have not transcribed, please contact me.)

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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