Blues in the Bottle

As played by Prince Albert Hunt from the Texas region

Rag in C

From the Prince Albert Hunt Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record (MP3 at


I have classified this tune as a rag, since the fiddle part is quite raggy, but it could also have been classified as a song. The lyrics are somewhat humorous, at least the ones I could decipher. Hunt’s voice is very gravelly, a vocal style that increased in popularity later in the 20th century and is still affected by some singers today. One would be forgiven for mistaking him for Bob Dylan (who may have been copying Hunt).

The fiddle part consists of a fiddle intro, four breaks, and an outro. The intro and breaks are very similar, but the timing varies. They aren’t very difficult. Don’t rush this tune, just savour the soulful tone.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Rags

Texas Fiddle

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