Leather Britches

As played by Clifford Gross from the Kentucky region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Cumberlands Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Clifford Gross on the Kentucky Mountain Music 7-CD box set


This version of Leather Britches was recorded by fiddler Clifford Gross. Since he appears in a compilation entitled Kentucky Mountain Music, I would assume that he was at least from Kentucky. But the only documentation I can find on Clifford Gross is as a fiddler in Texas, playing early Texas Swing (which isn't that far removed from old time). If anyone can shed some light on this situation, please let me know.

This is a fairly easy version of Leather Britches, though the transcription is a little convoluted. An explanation of the flow of the transcription is provided at the bottom of the page.

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Leather Britches

Brian Canepa 2014-05-24 17:30:30
from the book "Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky"; "Clifford Gross (1898-1956) was one of the greatest, and one of the most unsung, or Kentucky fiddlers. He was born in Butler County, near Bowling Green, in the same general area that produced the Carver Boys, Tex Atchison, and Bill Monroe, and learned his trade by playing at old roadhouses along the Green River. During his apprenticeship he picked up scores of old Kentucy fiddle tunes that he later was to record: "Green River Waltz", "Sleepin' Lula", "Stony Point," "Rocky Mountain Goat" and a tune called "Houchin's Waltz"" The book also discusses that he moved to Texas in 1931 to join his cousins in a band called Hi-Flyers. He floated around a few bands in Texas from 31 to 33. In 1933 he joined The Light Crust Doughboys. By then he was known as "Doctor" Gross. He played lead fiddle on the Doughboy's first records, made in 1933. He was a staple in their band I believe till the disbanded in 41.