Fort Smith Breakdown (2)

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X:1 T:Fort Smith Breakdown T:Ft. Smith Breakdown S:Steve Rosen F:https://www.oldtownschool.org/fiddle/fun/ft.smithbreakdown3978.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz M:C| L:1/8 K:G d2ef gage|d2ef g2ge|d2 ef gage|dBAF G2[G2B2]| [D2d2]ef gage|d2ef g2ga|baba gage|dBAF G2[G2B2]:| |:[G,2G2]BA BcBA|G2 AG EDEF|G2 Bc d2ef|gedB AG[G2B2]:| |:+slide+[e2e2][e2e2][e4e4]|(_B=B)-B2 G4|d2B2BA3|[M:2/4]G4| [M:C|]+slide+[e4e4][e4g4]|(_B=B)-B2 G4|d2B2 BA3|[M:2/4]G4||



FORT SMITH BREAKDOWN [2]. American, Reel (2/4 time). USA, Arkansas. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. There are some similarities to the Kentucky tune "Across the Plains," aka "Old Red Rooster," and is vaguely reminiscent of the similarly titled "Fort Smith (1)." The first strain is cognate with "Old Fort Smith." Banjo and harmonica player Luke Hignight (1898-1940) formed a string band playing out of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and recorded several sides in Memphis in 1928. The fiddler for the group is Frank Gardner, about whom little is known. Note that Hignight's name is often mistakenly spelled 'Highnight', even on his own recordings; it must have been a common mistake.


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Source for notated version : - Luke Hignight's Ozark Strutters (of Hotsprings, Ark., who originally recorded the tune in 1928) [Beisswenger & McCann, Brody, Milliner & Koken]; Chuck Silberstein [Phillips]; Orville Burns, via John Hartford [Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 185. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 111. Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 1997; p. 37. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 216. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 91.

Recorded sources : - County CD 3506, Luke Highnight's Ozark Strutters- "Echoes of the Ozarks, vol. 2" (1995. Various artists). Folkways 31062, Ship in the Clouds- "Old Time Instrumental Music" (1978). Vocalion 5339, Luke Hignight's Ozark Strutters (1928). Voyager 301, Fay Sneed- "Fiddle Jam Session."

See also listing at :
County CD 3506, Luke Highnight's Ozark Strutters- "Echoes of the Ozarks, vol. 2" (1995. Various artists). Folkways 31062, Ship in the Clouds- "Old Time Instrumental Music" (1978). Vocalion 5339, Luke Hignight's Ozark Strutters (1928). Voyager 301, Fay Sneed- "Fiddle Jam Session."



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