Indian Creek

As played by Arthur Smith from the Tennessee region

Polka in G

From the Cumberlands Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record


I'm really not sure what the tune type should be for Indian Creek.  It certainly doesn't sound like a breakdown to me.  It sounds more like a polka or quickstep.  Since it's not labeled a quickstep, I'll go with polka for now.

Arthur Smith Trio - Indian Creek (1937) by theUnforgettablesTv

David G. Bradshaw 2014-01-15 20:08:02
The fellow in the picture above is not the (Fiddlin') Arthur Smith from Humphries and Dickson Counties in Tennessee, but "Guitar Boogie" Arthur Smith, who was originally from South Carolina. The latter, while a competent fiddler, was more noted for his guitar work. He also played banjo and wrote "Dueling Banjos," which he performed and recorded with Don Reno. A very accomplished and versatile musician, "Guitar Boogie" Arthur Smith was, however, definitely not in the same league as a fiddler with Arthur Smith of Tennessee, who was probably the most influential American fiddler of the twentieth century. "GB" Arthur Smith performed for many years on a Charlotte TV station during the 1950s and 60s. Fiddlin' Arthur Smith's heyday was in the 1930s on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville.