Katy On Time (Casey Jones)

As played by Prince Albert Hunt from the Texas region

Rag in C

From the Prince Albert Hunt Collection

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78rpm Record


Katy on Time must be another name for Casey Jones, the ragtime song about a brave locomotive engineer. This instrumental tune consists of three parts, the first and second of which are pretty standard ragtime fare. The third part is mostly chords, with lots of slides into chords, to imitate sounds that a locomotive makes. The third part is also rather freeform, which is characteristic of Hunt’s ragtime and breakdown fiddling in his surviving recordings.

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Texas Fiddle

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