Cattle in the Canebreak (Hell Among the Yearlings)

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in A mixolydian

From the Eck Robertson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

Source:

Field Recording of Eck Robertson (a different field recording was released on the album Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler, which may be downloaded album here; on that album the tune is titled Hell Among the Yearlings)

Comments:

I’m glad I’m not the only fiddler who sometimes confuses Cattle in the Canebreak with Dusty Miller. In this recording, Robertson started in on Dusty Miller, stopped, and said “Wait a minute here, dad gum!” This version is interesting because Robertson did not change keys. The A part is usually played in A Mixolydian, and the B part is usually played in A Minor. Robertson played the whole tune in A Mixolydian, giving the B part a different feel.

On the album Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler, this tune is called Hell Among the Yearlings.  I'm not sure if he identified the tune correctly.  Robertson can also be heard saying that "some call it Hell Broke Loose in Georgia and some call it Hell Broke Loose in the Briar Patch.  It's got about three names."


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Texas Fiddle


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