Art Wooten's Quadrille

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ART WOOTEN'S QUADRILLE. American, Quadrille (6/8 time). USA, Nebraska. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. “Art Wooten’s Quadrille” is one of the ‘100 essential Missouri fiddle tunes’ according to Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden. The title references fiddler Art Wooten of Allegheny County, western North Carolina, who joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in 1939 as their first fiddler, and although he left the band before their first recording he was with them when they debuted at the Grand Ole Opry. He briefly returned to the band in 1941 and did make some recordings with them at that time, including "Orange Blossom Special." In the late 1940's he was a member of the Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys, remaining with them for four years.

At this time the connection between Wooten and Walters is unknown (it is also possible the title refers to another Art Wooten). However, Walters' home territory was not unknown to Bill Monroe. In 1934, Charlie Monroe was offered a regular job performing on a radio station in Shenandoah, Iowa, and took his younger brother Bill with him. For two years they played in the region, including Omaha, Nebraska, before moving on with the same sponsor to North Carolina. Walters was a well-known radio fiddler in the Midwest, and may have come into contact with the brothers at that time. (Which still leaves the Wooten question unanswered).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bob Walters (1889-1960, Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 117.

Recorded sources : - Wild Goose WGS434CD, The Old Swan Band - "Fortyfived" (2019).

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