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BUCKSNORT. AKA - "Buck Snort." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Arkansas, Missouri. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune was recorded by collector Vance Randolph from the playing of Farmington, Arkansas, Ozarks region, fiddler Lon Jordan, who also collected the tune played by other regional fiddlers in the early 1940's. Randolph's recordings are part of the Library of Congress collection (AFS 05323 A01t). Missouri/Oklahoma/Southern California bluegrass and old-time fiddler Lyman Enloe recorded a tune called "Buck Snort" but it is a completely different melody.

Buck Snort is not as uncommon a name in the United States as one might think; there are villages named Bucksnort in Tennessee, and, in the mid-19th century there was a railroad construction camp At Sonora, Kentucky (named when the first train arrived at the new station site, blowing steam, when someone was overheard to say 'Did you hear that buck snort?'. There are Bucksnort/Buck Snorts in Alabama (now Bankston), northeast Arkansas, two in Tennessee (one now called Mimosa) and a ghost town in Texas. There was a Buck Snort in Grundy County, north-central Missouri--Howard Marshall records that the town changed its name to Edinburgh to bolster its bid for the North Missouri Railroad to build a station there, although the effort was fruitless.[1].

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Barry Schultz [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 17.

Recorded sources: - Library of Congress AFS 05323 A01, Lon Jordon (1941, Farmington, Arkansas).

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  1. Howard Marshall, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, 2012, p. 210.