Crafton Blues

As played by Benny Thomasson from the Texas region

Rag in F

From the Benny Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Field recording of Benny Thomasson available here


This is a very challenging version of Crafton Blues (related to the popular tune I Don’t Love Nobody) from Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson. The original tape recording is old and worn, but worth its weight in gold. However, the poor quality means that I’m not completely confident of the transcription. For instance, there are some seemingly impossible double-stops in the B part the first time through (such as an E-flat on the third string and an A on the first string) that may have been an artifact of the recording. Also, I am guessing on some of the divisions into parts and repetitions of the tune. I think the recording cut in towards the end of the first A part, and have divided up the tune accordingly (using Gary Lee Moore’s rendition of Crafton Blues as a guide).

This tune is a member of the following groups:

I Don't Love Nobody

Texas Fiddle

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