Salt River

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in A mixolydian

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

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


1972 recording of Benny Thomasson released on The Weiser Reunion album


I had high expectations for Benny Thomasson’s version of Salt River, but was partially disappointed. Thomasson does play a nice, distinctive A part, his B part is based on a single-measure theme from Clark Kessinger’s setting that Thomasson repeats over and over again, making this setting somewhat monotonous. But it is still worth a look for fans of Salt River and for Benny Thomasson completists. Note that the recording faded in toward the end of the A part the first time through, and this is reflected in the transcription.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Salt River (Salt Creek)

Texas Fiddle

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