Skillet Lickers Collection

The Skillet Lickers have been described as "Country Music’s first supergroup." They were perhaps the most influential old time string band of all time, defining what old time music is supposed to sound like for many, many people. The members of the group were from the area around Atlanta, Georgia, but their recordings were influential across the country.

The number and identities of fiddlers in the Skillet Lickers changed over time. They would use up to three fiddles at a time, making accurate transcriptions difficult. I normally cannot separate the parts, so I take a "best effort" approach to identifying the lead and transcribing that. So the transcriptions in this collection may be of the playing of any of the following fiddlers:

  • Gid Tanner
  • Bert Layne
  • Clayton McMichen
  • Lowe Stokes
  • Bill Helms
  • Ted Hawkins

In addition to transcriptions of Skillet Lickers recordings, I may also be including transcriptions of any of these fiddlers recording individually or in other groups. It all depends on what material I can find.

More information about the Skillet Lickers and biographies of its members can be found here.

19 tunes found in this collection.

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Name Artist Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Alabama Gal, Give the Fiddler a Dram (Buffalo Gals) Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Arkansaw (Arkansas) Traveler Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown D 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Billy in the Low Ground Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown C 2013-11-30 2013-11-30
Black Eyed Susie Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown D 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Buckin’ Mule Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2014-03-29 2014-03-29
Cotton-Eyed Joe Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown A 2013-08-11 2013-08-11
Cumberland Gap Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Georgia Railroad Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown A 2014-03-29 2014-03-29
Hell Broke Loose in Georgia Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown C 2013-08-11 2013-08-11
Hen Cackle Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2013-08-11 2013-08-11
I'm Satisfied Gid Tanner Rag G 2014-03-29 2014-03-29
Katy Hill (Sally Johnson) Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown G 2013-11-30 2013-11-30
Leather Britches (1930) Skillet Lickers Reel or Breakdown G 2013-02-05 2013-02-05
Leather Britches (1955 or Later) Gordon Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2013-02-05 2013-02-26
Prettiest Little Girl in the County Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Ridin' a Buckin' Mule Through Cumberland Gap Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown A 2013-08-11 2013-08-11
Rocky Pallet Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown C 2014-11-03 2014-11-03
Sourwood Mountain Gid Tanner Reel or Breakdown G 2014-05-16 2014-05-16
Up Jumped the Rabbit Lowe Stokes Reel or Breakdown C 2014-11-03 2014-11-03