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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: 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, the leader 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, and was prosperous in his trade. The name of the band celebrated their patron Sheriff Smith’s business in Corsicana.

The tune, named for the then-booming oil town of Beaumont, 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."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 38. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddler's Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 149. Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 30, No. 2, Summer 1996; pp. 18-19 (arranged by Jim Wood). Phillips (Fiddle Case Tunebook: Old Time Southern), 1989; p. 4. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 18. Reiner (Anthology of Fiddle Styles), 1977; p. 65. Silberberg (Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern), 2002, p. 6.

Recorded sources : - Brunswick DAL 736 (78 RPM), Smith's Garage Fiddle Band (Oct., 1928) County 202, "Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler" (1963). County 410, "East Texas Serenaders – 1927–1936" (1977). County 517, Smith's Garage Fiddle Band – "Texas Farewell." County 703, Vernon Solomon – "Texas Hoedown." Folkways FTS31098, Ken Perlman – "Clawhammer Banjo and Fingerstyle Guitar Solos." Gusto 104, Bob Wills – "30 Fiddler's Greatest Hits." June Appal 015, Plank Road String Band – "Vocal and Instrumental Blend." June Appal 030, Marion Sumner – "Road to Home." Omac-1, Mark O'Conner – "A Texas Jam Session." Omac-2, Berline, Bush and O'Conner – "In Concert." RCA AXM2 5503 (Bluebird Reissue), "Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers." Rounder 0117, "Blaine Sprouse." Rounder RO7023, Natalie MacMaster – "No Boundaries" (1996). Vanguard VSD 45/46, Doc Watson – "The Essential Doc Watson."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Eck Robertson's 1963 recording at Slippery Hill [2]

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