Mississippi Sawyer

As played by Gary Lee Moore from the Oklahoma region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Gary Lee Moore Collection

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YouTube video of Gary Lee Moore


This is the most ambitious version of Mississippi Sawyer that I have encountered to date, but Moore pulls it off marvelously. He brings ragtime sensibilities to bear on this breakdown, throwing in some typical ragtime phrasing and even a small hint of hokum bowing here and there. Look out for accidentals and surprising jumps, including a two octave jump.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Mississippi Sawyer

Texas Fiddle

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