X:1 T:Beaumont Rag N:From the playing of Eck Robertson (1887-1975, Borger, Texas) M:C L:1/8 R:Country Rag Q:"Fast" D:County 202, "Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler" (1963) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/beaumont-rag Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:F D-|E2c2EEc2|Ec-cd cBAG|F2d2 F2d2|Fd-de dcAG| E2c2EEc2|Ec-cd cBAG|F2d2 F2d2|Fd-de dcA2| e-f3 fafa|fagf !fermata!dcAB|cdcA BAGD|F4- F3D-| EEcE EEcE|EEcd cBAG|FFdF FFdF|Fdde dcAG| EEcE EEcE|EEcd cBAG|FFdF FFdF|Fdde dcA2| e-f3 fafa|fagf !fermata!dcAB|cdcA BAGD|F8|| e-f3 fafa|fagf !fermata!dcAB|cdcA BAGD|F8|| a-|baba gagf|ed[A2e2] [c4e4]|agag fgfc|dcdA c3c-| cdeg- gage|cdeg- g2EF-|FGAc- cdcA|FGAc- c2-c(e/4f/4g/4a/4| b)aba gagf|ed[A2e2] [c4e4]|agag fgff|dcAB c3e-| feff gfgf|agfd- dcAB|cdcA BAGD|F4-F3||
BEAUMONT RAG. American, Country Rag (cut time). USA, Texas. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Brody): ABBC (Phillips/1989): ABC (Phillips/1995): ABCD (Silberberg): AA'BB'CC'D (Reiner). The tune was named after the town of Beaumont, Texas. "Beaumont Rag" was first recorded by Cleburne, Texas, fiddler Samuel Morgan Peacock in 1929, as a member of Smith's Garage Fiddle Band (Wolfe, 1997). Peacock was a barber by trade who died after collapsing on the sidewalk in front of his barber shop in 1932. Sam ran a large, 12 seat, barbershop in Corsicana, Texas, from around the turn of the 20th century. The tune was popularized by Texas swing fiddler Bob Wills, though an influential version was recorded by Terrell, Texas, fiddler Oscar Harper—another barber. The parts are variable in length, some versions having 12 measures while others have sixteen. A fourth part is sometimes added to the tune which features double-shuffle bowing. See the related "Bob Mitchell," "Oklahoma Rag," "Possum Rag" and particularly "White River Stomp."