T:Dusty Miller 
N:From the playing of Eck Robertson (1887-1975, Borger, Texas)
D:Rounder CO 3515, "Eck Robertson: Old Time Texas Fiddler" (1998)
Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz
ea- a2 abag |ecef gedg|eaab aged|BGBd cA A2|
ea- a2 abag |ecef g2 ga|bgaf gfed|BGBd cA A2:|
|:+slide+A,2 A,B, CDEF|GAGE DCB,G,|A,-G,A,B, CDEF|+slide+[A2A2]A-B cA A2:|
P:B' (2nd time through tune)
[G,D]-[A,E]E[A,E] E[A,E]E[A,E]|[A,E][A,F][A,G][A,E] [G,D]C[B,D][G,D]|[G,D]<-[A,E] [A,E]E [A,2E2][A,E][A,E]|[A,E]GAB cA3 |
[G,D]-[A,E]E[A,E] E[A,E]E[A,E]|[A,E][A,F][A,G][A,E] [G,D]CB,G,|A,G,A,B, CDEF|+slide+[A2A2]AB cA3||
|:A,B,A,G, A,B,CD|EFGE DCB,G,|A,B,A,G, A,B,CD|1EGAB cAA2:|2+slide+[A2A2]A-B cA A2:|
DUSTY MILLER . AKA - "Miller's Reel." American, Canadian; Reel. USA; Texas, Missiouri. A Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune, unrelated to "Dusty Miller (1)," is a contest breakdown favorite in the Mid-West U.S.. Gus Meade relates the tune to "Granny Will Your Dog Bite?" Perhaps the earliest recorded version of the tune was by Capt. M.J. Bonner  (1847-1939), "The Texas Fiddler," who recorded "Dusty Miller" for Victor Records in Houston, 1925. Texas fiddler Eck Robertson's (1887-1975) version is similar to Nebraska fiddler Bob Walters' (1889-1960) version printed in Christeson's Old Time Fiddlers Repertory vol. 1, though with parts reversed. Gene Goforth maintained his irregular version (10 measures in each part, rather than eight) was the "old way" of playing the tune.
Source for notated version : - Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson]; Joe Greene [Phillips]; Jim Wood [Fiddler Magazine]; Gene Goforth (1921-2002, High Ridge, Mo.), learned from his father, Richard "Dink" Goforth [Beisswenger & McCann, Hartford/Devil's Box].
Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 45. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 97. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 22. Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 1993; p. 26. Fiddler Magazine, Winter 2005/06, vol. 12, No. 4; pp. 33-35 (contains numerous variation sets). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 78. Reiner (Anthology of Fiddle Styles), 1977; p. 66.
Recorded sources : - American Heritage 25, "Poor Richard's Almanac." County 202, "Eck Robertson: Famous Cowboy Fiddler" (1963). County 722, Joe Greene- "Joe Greene's Fiddle Album." County 724, Benny Thomasson- "Country Fiddling." Grey Eagle Records 101, Gene Goforth - "Now that's a Good Tune" (1989). Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers' Association, Dwight Lamb (b. 1934) - "Old Ladies Pickin' Chickens." Rounder 0046, Mark O'Conner- "National Junior Fiddle Champion." Rounder 0086, Butch Robbins- "Forty Years Late." Rounder 0235, Alison Krauss - "Too Late to Cry." Rounder CD 0388, Gene Goforth - "Emminence Breakdown" (1997. Appears as "Dink's Dusty Miller, after his father, Richard "Dink" Goforth). Rounder C-11565, Alison Krauss - "Rounder Fiddle" (1990). Rounder 0442, John Hartford - "Hamilton Ironworks (2001. Appears as "Goforth's Dusty Miller", after his source, Missouri fiddler Gene Goforth, who had the tune from his father). Rounder CO 3515, "Eck Robertson: Old Time Texas Fiddler" (1998). Voyager 319-S, Ace Sewell- "Southwest Fiddlin.'"
See also listing at :
See Pete Martin's bluegrass transcription  (pp. 70-74)
Hear Gene Goforth's recording at Slippery Hill 
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