Cotton Patch Rag (1)
X:1 T:Cotton Patch Rag (1) N:From the playing of Benny Thomasson (1909-1984, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Tx.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Very Quick" N:Thomasson's playing is extremely improvisational after the first time through. D:Voyager VRCD 309, Benny Thomasson - "The Weiser Reunion" (1993) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/cotton-patch-rag Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C e2f2^f2|g^fga gecd|eged c_B-AG|FCA,C FGAB|(3cdc (3BcB (3ABc dA| BdBG ABA^F|GABd agBd|cGEC _B,CEG|ceag ece-f| g^fga (3age cd|ege^d =dcAG|FCA,C FGAB|c>d B>c (3ABc dA| BdBG ABA^F|GABd e^fga|bgea gdBG|[E2c2][E4c4]||
COTTON PATCH RAG . American, Country Rag. USA, Texas. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB' (Silberberg): AA'BCC' (Phillips): AABCDEA (Brody). A tune by this title was composed in the 1st decade of the 20th century, during the 'Ragtime Craze'. Many believe "Cotton Patch Rag" was originally a Texas fiddle tune. Bluegrass fiddler Byron Berline relates: "I used to go to fiddle contests with my dad, but I never heard 'Cotton Patch Rag' played anywhere except in the states Texas and Oklahoma" (Frets Magazine). However, it has also been attributed to popular Grand Old Opry star, Tennessee's Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (1898–1971), although evidence for this assertion is wanting at present. In Texas-style fiddling the tune uses 'figure-eight bowing' in the 'B' part, while an added fourth part to the tune features 'double-shuffle' bowing.
- ↑ Daniel Rothwell posits that the attribution to Fiddlin' Arthur Smith of Tennessee is due to a confusion with the 1954 recording of "Cotton Patch Rag " by multi-instrumentalist Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (1921-2014) of South Carolina, a different performer altogether.