Back Up and Push (Rubber Dolly)

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Rag in C

From the Gene Goforth Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Strike Up the Bow


Goforth’s version of Back Up and Push (also known as Rubber Dolly or Rubber Doll Rag) may come as a surprise to fiddlers who are more familiar with his later recordings with John Hartford. Goforth recorded this rag during his bluegrass period. But it almost seems as if he’s playing contest-style Texas fiddling. Rather than playing a melodic B part (a la the Skillet Lickers), Goforth used hokum bowing extensively in the B part. Be careful of the timing throughout the piece; its syncopation is largely achieved through ties. Watch out for accidentals, which occur with regularity.

Just for reference, here is a YouTube video of the Skillet Lickers’ version:


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