Bitter Creek

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

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Recording on the album Benny Thomasson: Legendary Texas Fiddler


According to the Fiddler’s Companion, Thomasson maintained that the title Bitter Creek had a double meaning. He said that he had metaphorically “crossed many a-bitter creek” in his life, and that there was an actual Bitter Creek here in Texas. Note the descending triplet run for the ending, which was one of Thomasson’s hallmarks.


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Texas Fiddle

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