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X:1 T:Frisky Jim N:From the playing of fiddler Bob Walters (1889-1960, N:Burt County, eastern Nebraska), recorded in 1949 by Bob Christeson. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Univ. of Missouri Press, Bob Walters - "Old Time Fiddler's Repertory" (1976) D: Z:Andrew Kuntz K:A |:A,G,|A,B,CA, C2E2|A2cA BAFD|E2FG ABce|afec AFEC| A,B,CA, C2E2|A2cA BAFD|E2FG ABce|afec A2:| (3efg|a2 ab afea|fecA BAFA|agab afea|B[Bb]-[Bb][Bb] [B2b2]e-f| a2 ab afea|fecA BAFD|E2FG ABce|afec A2:|

FRISKY JIM. AKA - "Old Frisky Jim." American, Reel (2/4 time). USA; Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska. A Major. Standard or AEae tuning (fiddle). AABB (Christeson/Devil's Box): AA'BB (Phillips): AA'BB' (Beisswenger & McCann). R.P. Christeson remarks that Nebraska fiddler Bob Walter's (1889-1960) father learned the tune around 1905-although he has heard no other fiddlers play it, save Walters. Mark Wilson points out the tunes popularity was given a boost by Walters, who played it on his radio broadcasts. If Walters was the source for the tune, it quickly gained currency and has become a Mid-West standard, played by fiddlers such as Missouri's Lonnie Robertson (who played it as early as 1939) and Oklahoma's Uncle Dick Richardson and Bob Kay.

There is a minstrel song called "Happy Frisky Jim," and although there is a similarity in the titles there appears to be no melodic material shared. Drew Beisswenger (2008) finds the 'B' parts of this tune and "Dance Around Molly" to be nearly the same.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "Uncle" Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson. Milliner & Koken]; Dean Johnston (1919-2007, Lamar, Barton County, Mo.), learned from elderly fiddler Steve Charles (Prior, Oklahoma) in the 1930's [Beisswenger & McCann]; Uncle Dick Hutchinson [Maloy/Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 75. R.P. Christeson (Old-Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. I), 1973; p. 4. Stephen Davis (The Devil's Box, vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 1996; p. 24. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 220. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 92.

Recorded sources : - Caney Mountain Records CEP 211 (privately issued extended play LP), Lonnie Robertson (Mo.), c. 1965-66 ("Old Frisky Jim"). Rounder 0436, Dean Johnston - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 2: On the Springfield Plain" (2000).

See also listing at :
See/hear Missouri fiddler Cyril Stinnett play the tune c. 1979 on [1]
Hear Bob Walters 1949 home recording by Bob Christeson at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear Lonnie Robertson's 1939 recording at Slippery Hill [3]

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