Hickman Rag (The)

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X:1 T:Hickman Rag, The S:Charlie Bowman (1889-1962, Tennessee, with the Hill Billies) M:C| L:1/8 N:Bowman goes on an extended improvisation after playing the main tune N:once through (AA'B), then returns to the 'B' part. D:Vocalion 15377 (78 RPM), Charlie Bowman (1926) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/hickman-rag Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C a2ea aged|cAcd e2(AB|d2)[d2f2] [de][de][df][df]|[df]ded d2g2-| gage dBd(A|B)dBA G3[_EB]-|[=Ec]cAG ag e2|1c4 c4:|2 c4 c2|| +slide+[A2A2]-|[A2A2][AA][AA] [AA][AA][AA][AA]|Af2d- [e2e2][e2e2]|d2d4 d2|eded- d^c =c2| Bg2a g2(_B2|=B)Bga g2c2-|c2c'2b2a2|g6+slide+[A2A2]-| [A2A2][AA][AA] [AA][AA][AA][AA]|Af2d- [e2e2][e2e2]|d2d4 d2|eded- d^c =c2| Bg2a g2(_B2|=B)Bga g2+slide+[e2e2]- |[ee][de]-[ee]d c2A2|[E6c6]||



Charlie Bowman
HICKMAN RAG, THE. AKA - "Hickman's Rag." American, Country Rag (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The tune was recorded in New York City in May, 1926, with the record label crediting the fiddling to Tennessee musician Charlie Bowman (1889-1962), although it was the uncredited Hill Billies amalgam that recorded the tune in 1926, including the Hopkins brothers (Al, John and Joe). Bowman's improvisational fiddling is outstanding on the record. The title may refer to the Hickman County in west-central Tennessee, home county of bluegrass fiddlers Paul Warren and Howdy Forrester; alternatively, there is a town called Hickman in Smith County, central Tennessee.


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : -

Recorded sources: -County 773, John Ashby (1915-1979, northern Virginia) and the Free State Ramblers - "Fiddling by the Hearth" (1979). Document 8039, "The Hill Billies/Al Hopkins and His Buckle Busters: Compoete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1" (reissue). Rounder 1033, Charlie Bowman - "Tennessee Strings" (1979. Various reissue artists). Vocalion 15377 (78 RPM), Charlie Bowman (1926). Erynn Marshall & Friends - "Tune Tramp" (2013).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear the Hill Billies 1926 recording at Slippery Hill [2] and youtube.com [3]
Hear John Ashby's (1915-1979) 1979 recording at Slippery Hill [4]
Hear Erynn Marshall's recording at bandcamp.com [5]



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