Lewis Thomasson Collection

Lewis Thomasson, elder brother of famous Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson, is better known as a guitarist than as a fiddler. His fiddling may not receive as much publicity or attention as that of his younger brother, but he was a top-notch fiddler in his own right. In fact, from a researcher’s perspective, he is even more interesting as his playing reflected an old, traditional fiddle style that is all but gone today.

Lewis was born in 1901 in Runnels County, TX. His grandfathers, uncles, and father (Lewis Thomasson, author of the well-known waltz Midnight on the Water) were all fiddlers. While his younger brother Benny developed a new fiddle style geared toward winning contests, Lewis deliberately preserved the style he received from his father and grandfathers. As such, any chronological study of Texas fiddling should probably start with Lewis.

One thing that strikes me about Lewis’ playing is that it has a certain sweetness about it. This sweetness is lacking in other Texas fiddlers such as Benny Thomasson or Eck Robertson, and makes these tunes a joy to listen to and transcribe.

This collection is now complete; I have transcribed every tune of Lewis Thomasson that I can find.  If you are aware of any recordings of Lewis Thomasson that I have not transcribed, please contact me.

19 tunes found in this collection.

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Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Bush in the Shucks Reel or Breakdown D 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Cape Girardeau Hornpipe A 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Cattle in the Canebreak Reel or Breakdown A mixolydian and A minor 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Coke County Two-Step (Faded Love) Two-Step D 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Cruel Master Jig A mixolydian 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Gatesville (Ballenger) Reel or Breakdown G 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Great Big Taters in Sandy Land Reel or Breakdown A 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Half Past Four Reel or Breakdown A 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Hickman's Rag Rag C 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
I Could Never Love Another Girl Like That Rag G and C 2013-09-22 2014-02-28
Indian War Whoop Novelty Tune A 2013-12-28 2013-12-28
Natchez Under the Hill Reel or Breakdown A 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Sally Ann Johnson Reel or Breakdown A 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Spanish Two-Step Two-Step G 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Star Waltz Waltz G 2013-10-12 2013-10-12
Straw Bonnet Reel or Breakdown G 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Valley Springs Two-Step Two-Step G 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Wake Up the Neighbors Reel or Breakdown A 2013-09-22 2013-09-22
Wild Goose Novelty Tune G 2013-11-16 2013-11-16