Leather Britches

As played by Earl Johnson and His Clodhoppers from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Deep South Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record


This version of Leather Britches was recorded in 1927 by Georgia state fiddle champion Earl Johnson. This version is more difficult than most of the others that I have transcribed, and is in the key of A while most others are in G. The first time through, Johnson played four distinct parts. After that, it got a little loosey-goosey. Some alternate parts are included at the bottom of the transcription. Feel free to ad-lib to your heart's content. Play this fast, as in the YouTube video below.

More tunes by Earl Johnson can be found on Lonesome Lefty's Scratchy Attic, and there are many of his tunes on YouTube.


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