Annotation:Apple Blossom (1)

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X:1 T:Apple Blossom [1] S:Lake Newell "L.N." Porter (Texas) M:C| L:1/8 N:ADae tuning (fiddle) D:Library of Congress AFS , 1939 F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D DEFE D2FF|ABdd ABd2|DEFE D2 DF| EDB,D A,B,D2| DDFE DDFA|BddA Bdd>+slide+d-|dedB ABAG|FDED B,DD2:|| |:+slide+a3a a2aa|fded Bd d2|b3b b2a2|fded Bd3| faaa a2 ba|f2 ed BdB2|f2ed BdAG|FDED B,D D2:|]

APPLE BLOSSOM [1]. American, Reel (cut time). Standard or ADae tunings (fiddle). ABB (Brody): AA'BB' (Phillips). Texas fiddler Eck Robertson recorded the tune twice in the 1920's, in duets with two different fiddlers (Cranfill and Gilliland), although his recording company, Victor, chose not to release the cuts. The tune has struggled to gain popularity, and Robertson biographer Chris Geortzen notes that "Apple Blossom (1)" is rarely heard today.

[Eck] played that piece while in Los Angeles to take part in a folk festival in 1964, while at a coffee house called the Golden Vanity (Figure 72b). It was an unexciting moment in a generally fun evening![1]

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Byron Berline [Brody]; Benny Thomasson (Texas) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 24. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 16.

Recorded sources : - American Heritage 24S, Lonnie Peerce – "Golden Fiddle Tones." County 707, Major Franklin – "Texas Fiddle Favorites." Elektra EKS 7285, The Dillards with Byron Berline – "Pickin' and Fiddlin.'" Voyager 301, Byron Berline – "Fiddle Jam Session." Voyager 309, Benny and Jerry Thomasson – "The Weiser Reunion: A Jam Session" (1993). Voyager 319S, Ace Sewell – "Southwest Fiddlin.'" Unissued 78RPM recorded for Victor by Eck Robertson & Cranfill (Texas) {1929} who had recorded it earlier as a duet with fiddler (and Confederate veteran) Henry Gilliland in 1922—also unissued.

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Hear Texas fiddler L.N. Porter's Library of Congress recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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  1. Chris Goertzen, Eck Robertson at the Crossroads of American Fiddling, 2024.