Blind Steer in a Mudhole

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X:1 T:Blind Steer in a Mud Hole S:Jimmy Wheeler (1917-1987, Portsmouth, Ohio) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEae tuning (fiddle) D:Field Recorders Collective, FRC401, "Jimmy Wheeler" (2004) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/blind-steer-mud-hole Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A ef|edcA BcdB|edcA Bcd>(f|e)dcA BcdB|edcB A3f| edcA BcdB|edcA B2ef|edcA Bcdf|edcB A2|| Bc|"*"d2c2BAGA|BABG E2Bc|d2c2 BAGB|A2AA A2Bc| d2c2BAGA|BABB e3f|edcA BAGB|A2 AA A2|| P:Substitution "*"dBcA BAGA|



BLIND STEER IN A MUDHOLE. AKA - "Blind Steer in a/the Mud Hole." American, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Bind Steer in a Mud Hole" is sourced to Portsmouth, Ohio, fiddler and instrument repairer Jimmy Wheeler, who had the tune from his father. The accompaniment chord begins on the fifth of the key (i.e. E major). Jane Keefer notes that a related melody is "Little Boy Working on the Road (1)." Fiddler Jeff Goehring remarks: "The second, or 'B' part of the tune its almost note-for-note derived from the Scottish/French Canadian piece 'Money Musk.'" [1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Jeff Goehring with the Red Mule String Band (Ohio) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 30.

Recorded sources : - Field Recorders Collective FRC 401, "Jimmy Wheeler" (2004). Heritage 056, Red Mules - "Young Fogies" (1984).

See also listing at :
Hear Jimmy Wheeler's recording at Slippery Hill [1]



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  1. Jeff Goehring, "First Recording Session with Jimmy Wheeler" [2]