Lonesome Road Blues

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Rag in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


78rpm Record


There really isn’t anything difficult about Kessinger’s rendition of Lonesome Road Blues other than the timing, which is rather tricky. Look out for unexpected syncopation, rests, and ties. He used a good bit of vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line next to the note to be played vibrato. Kessinger didn’t play a lot of drones or double-stops, so I did not bother with creating separate full and melody-only transcriptions.

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