Annotation:Hunting the Buffalo

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X:1 T:We're gonna Hunt the Buffalo T:Hunting the Buffalo N:From the playing of fiddler, songwriter and singer Jimmie N:Driftwood (1907-1998), Fayetteville, Arkansas, via a field N:recording by Mike Seeger. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:BEgb tuning (fiddle). Driftwood's uncommon tuning creates a host N:of overtones. D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Emin +slide+B2B2 ABGA| BABG E2E2|+slide+B2B2 ABGB|d2Bd e2d2| B2B2 ABGA| BABA G2E2|AGAG ABAB|1G2E2E4:|2G2E2[B,4E4]|| E2 EF G2 DB,|EE^DB, B,B,^DB,|E2 EF G2 DB,|E2[G2B2]+slide+[B4e4]| E2EF G2 DB,|EB,^DB, B,B,^DB,|AGAG AB[GB]A|G2E2 E4||

HUNTING THE BUFFALO. AKA and see "Hunting for the Buffalo," "We're Gonna Hunt the Buffalo." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Arkansas. A Major. Standard or BEgb tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody is apparently not related (according to Drew Beisswenger) to an old play-party song from the Ozarks, with similar and various titles such as "Shoot the Buffalo" and "Gonna Go Huntin' for the Buffalo." Mike Seegar plays a version learned from singer, songwriter and fiddler Jimmy Driftwood (1907-1998, born John Morris of Timbo, Arkansas), who had the tune from his two fiddler uncles who lived in Indian territory for years. They played it in the unusual BEgb tuning (an E minor chord), which produces a host of overtones from parallel thirds.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 182. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 105.

Recorded sources : - Dorian Discovery DIS-80103, Helicon - "Horizons" (1992. Learned from fiddler Freyda Epstein, Charlottesville, Va.). HPV1, Ramona Jones - "Back Porch Fiddling." Shanachie 6001, Norman Blake - "Just Gimme Somethin' I'm Used To" (1991). Time and Strike #7785, Clyde Curley and Oxymorons - "Old Time Mandolin Music."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Jimmie Driftwood's field recording (by Mike Seegar) at Slippery Hill [2]

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