Big Eared Mule (1)
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BIG-EARED MULE . AKA and see "Flop-Eared Mule ." Old-Time, Breakdown. The tune was recorded by Kentucky-born William B. Houchens (1884-c. 1955), who waxed a dozen tunes for the Starr Piano Company of Indiana (including such chestnuts as "Arkansas Traveller" and "Turkey in the Straw"). Houchens spent much of his adult life running a music conservatory in Dayton, Ohio, where he taught a variety of stringed instruments (Charles Wolfe). Significant was the fact that Houchens recorded his sides prior to what is thought of as the first country music recordings by Fiddlin' John Carson.