Don't Love Nobody

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Rag in C

From the Melvin Wine Collection

3 files for this tune:

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

Field recording from the Digital Library of Appalachia

Here's a find old country rag that is commonly played by bluegrass musicians today. According to the Traditional Tune Archive, this is in the Texas style and was written by Bob Wills and originally record by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Melvin Wine, of course, makes his indelible mark on this tune.

This is the first tune where I really tried to pay attention to Wine's bowing. I identified two places (and possibly a third) where he used the Georgia Shuffle bowing pattern. I therefore marked the pattern in the transcription. I also used the Georgia Shuffle when bowing those passages in my recording. I haven't used that pattern much in the past, and that combined with the syncopation made this very troublesome for me to record. I had to sit with a metronome for a while so that I could get it right.

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I Don't Love Nobody

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