Clark Kessinger Collection

Clark Kessinger was a prolific and highly influential West Virginia fiddler. Between the 1928 and 1930, he recorded over 60 sides along with his nephew under the name The Kessinger Brothers. He was also a popular radio performer. Kessinger recorded a few more albums in the 1960s and 1970s, after being rediscovered during the folk revival era.

Kessinger, perhaps more than any back east fiddler, directly influenced the development modern Texas contest-style fiddling. His influence can be felt in both style and repertoire. Contest-style patriarch Benny Thomasson specifically credited Kessinger’s recording as a strong influence. Even modern fiddlers such as Gary Lee Moore still find him influential.

This YouTube video gives a nice overview of Kessinger's career.

This collection is now complete, and contains transcriptions of all available tunes recorded by Clark Kessinger (at least, all that are availabe to me). For tunes where multiple recordings exist, I have transcribed the earlier recording (usually from a 78rpm record).

95 tunes found in this collection.

Click on table headers to sort tunes.

Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Arkansas Traveler Reel or Breakdown D 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Billy in the Low Ground Reel or Breakdown C 2014-05-30 2014-05-30
Birdie Reel or Breakdown C 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Bitter Creek Reel or Breakdown G 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Black Hawk Waltz Waltz F 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Boarding House Bells are Ringing Waltz Waltz C 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Brownstown Girl (Buffalo Gals) Reel or Breakdown G 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Chicken in the Barnyard Reel or Breakdown G 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Chicken in the Barnyard (Cluck Old Hen) (1966 Version) Reel or Breakdown G 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Chicken Reel Reel or Breakdown D 2013-11-23 2014-05-22
Chinky Pin Reel or Breakdown D 2014-07-08 2014-07-08
Dance All Night Polka G 2014-08-15 2014-08-15
Devil’s Dream Hornpipe A 2014-08-15 2014-08-15
Dill Pickle Rag Rag G and C 2014-08-15 2014-08-15
Dixie Rag C 2014-08-15 2014-08-15
Don’t Let the Deal Go Down Rag G 2014-09-02 2014-09-02
Done Gone Reel or Breakdown B flat 2014-08-15 2014-08-15
Down Yonder (Alabama Jubilee) Rag G 2014-09-02 2014-09-02
Durang's Hornpipe Hornpipe D 2014-06-28 2014-06-28
Everybody to the Punchin’ (Puncheon) Reel or Breakdown D 2014-09-02 2014-09-02
Forked Deer Reel or Breakdown D 2014-04-05 2014-05-22
Garfield March March G 2014-09-02 2014-09-02
Gippy Get Your Hair Cut Reel or Breakdown C 2014-09-02 2014-09-02
Girl I Left Behind Me Reel or Breakdown G 2014-09-16 2014-09-16
Going Up Brushy Fork (Cripple Creek) Reel or Breakdown A 2014-02-08 2014-05-22
Golden Slippers Reel or Breakdown D 2014-09-16 2014-09-16
Goodnight Waltz Waltz C and F 2014-09-16 2014-09-16
Hell Among the Yearlings Reel or Breakdown D 2014-09-16 2014-09-16
Hot Foot Rag C 2014-09-16 2014-09-16
Johnny Bring the Jug ‘Round the Hill Reel or Breakdown A 2014-10-07 2014-10-07
Josh And I Reel or Breakdown D 2014-10-07 2014-10-07
Kanawha County Rag Rag A 2013-12-28 2014-05-22
Kanawha March March D and G 2014-01-26 2016-10-17
Lauterbach Waltz (Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?) Waltz G 2014-10-07 2014-10-07
Leather Britches Reel or Breakdown G 2014-10-07 2014-10-07
Little Betty Brown Reel or Breakdown D 2014-10-07 2014-10-07
Little Brown Jug Reel or Breakdown D 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Liza Jane Reel or Breakdown G 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Lonesome Road Blues Rag G 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Long-Eared Mule Reel or Breakdown G and D 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Lost Indian Reel or Breakdown D 2013-07-14 2014-05-22
Marching Through Georgia March G 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Mary Jane Waltz Waltz G and D 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
McCloud’s Reel Reel or Breakdown G 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Mexican Waltz Waltz D minor and F 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Midnight Serenade Waltz Waltz G 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Mississippi Sawyer Reel or Breakdown D 2014-12-08 2014-12-08
Mockingbird Novelty Tune A 2015-01-16 2015-01-16
Neapolitan March C 2015-01-16 2015-01-16
Old Jake Gillie Reel or Breakdown D 2015-01-16 2015-01-16
Old Joe Clark Reel or Breakdown A 2015-01-16 2015-01-16
Over The Waves Waltz G 2015-01-16 2015-01-16
Paddy on the Turnpike Reel or Breakdown C 2014-03-12 2014-05-22
Poca River Blues Rag C 2015-01-30 2015-01-30
Polka Four (Jenny Lind) Polka G 2015-01-30 2015-01-30
Pop Goes the Weasel Jig G 2015-01-30 2015-01-30
Portsmouth Reel or Breakdown G 2015-01-30 2015-01-30
Ragtime Annie Rag D and G 2015-01-30 2015-02-26
Rat Cheese Under The Hill (Pike’s Peak) Rag C 2015-03-03 2015-03-03
Red Bird Hornpipe Hornpipe A 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Regal March March D 2015-03-03 2015-03-03
Richmond Polka Polka D and A 2015-03-03 2015-03-03
Rickett’s Hornpipe Hornpipe D 2015-03-03 2015-03-03
Rose of My Heart Waltz A 2015-03-03 2015-03-03
Round Town Gal (Buffalo Gals) Reel or Breakdown G 2015-04-02 2015-04-02
Sally Ann Johnson Reel or Breakdown G 2015-04-02 2015-04-02
Sally Goodin Reel or Breakdown A 2015-04-02 2015-04-02
Sally Johnson Reel or Breakdown G and C 2015-04-02 2015-04-02
Salt River Reel or Breakdown A mixolydian 2014-07-25 2014-07-25
Sandy River Reel or Breakdown G 2015-04-02 2015-04-02
Shoo! Fly Rag D 2015-05-01 2015-05-01
Sixteen Days in Georgia Reel or Breakdown C 2015-05-01 2015-05-01
Soldier’s Joy Hornpipe D 2015-05-01 2015-05-01
Soppin’ the Gravy Reel or Breakdown D 2015-05-01 2015-05-01
Sourwood Mountain Reel or Breakdown A 2015-05-01 2015-05-01
Steamboat Bill Rag A 2014-02-01 2014-05-22
Sweet Bunch of Daisies Waltz C 2014-07-18 2014-07-18
Tennessee Waltz Waltz C 2014-07-18 2014-07-18
Three Forks of Sandy Reel or Breakdown G 2015-06-08 2015-06-08
Three O'Clock in the Morning Waltz G and C 2014-07-18 2014-07-18
Trombone Rag Rag C 2014-02-01 2014-05-22
Tugboat Reel or Breakdown G 2015-06-08 2015-06-08
Turkey in the Straw Reel or Breakdown G 2013-10-06 2014-05-22
Turkey Knob Reel or Breakdown A 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Under the Double Eagle March C and F 2015-06-08 2015-06-08
Waltz You Saved for Me, The Waltz F 2014-07-18 2014-07-18
Wednesday Night Waltz Waltz C 2014-07-18 2014-07-18
West Virginia Hornpipe Reel or Breakdown A 2015-06-08 2015-06-08
West Virginia Special Reel or Breakdown C and G 2015-06-08 2015-06-08
When I Grow Too Old to Dream Waltz F 2016-10-24 2016-10-24
Whistling Rufus Rag G 2016-10-24 2016-10-24
Wild Goose Chase Reel or Breakdown G 2014-06-09 2014-06-09
Wild Horse (Stoney Point) Reel or Breakdown G 2016-10-24 2016-10-24
Wildflower Waltz Waltz C and F 2016-10-24 2016-10-24
Wilson’s Hornpipe Hornpipe G 2016-10-24 2016-10-24