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X:1 T:Indian Creek M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Fast" N:Play AABBAABBAACDCAA S:Arthur Smith (1898-1971, Humphreys County, east Tennessee) D:County 546, "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners vol. 1" (1978) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/indian-creek-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G G2 Bd b2fg|a2g2f2g2|A3g feBc|dedc B G3| G2 Bd b2fg|a2g2f2g2|A3g fedB|G2 (B/A/F) G4:| |:G,2 DG BAGF|E2C2c2EE|D2eg feBc|dedc BG3| G,2 DG BAGF|E2C2c2EE|D2eg fedB|G2 (B/A/F) G4:|] Odc|BG2(_B =B)GAB|cBcd cBAc|dcde fdef|gfga gedB| G2G2 BGAB|cBcd cBAc|dcde fdef|gfga gedB| G2G2 BGAB|c2 (d/c/B) c2ag|fdeg fdef|g2 (a/g/f) g2|| b4 b3a-|abag fd3|(fa3)a2a2-|abag f(d [d2f2])| gag2 bab2|c'bc'2 e3d-|dfag fdef|g2 (a/g/f) g2!D.C.!O||



INDIAN CREEK. AKA - "Indian Creek Rag." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). USA, Tenn. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDECC (Phillips). "[The tune] Originated with the Stringer Brothers, in Humphreys County (Tenn.) about 1920. The Stringers learned it from another West Tennessee fiddler who called it 'Band Piece' because he got it off an old phonograph recording of it played by a brass band. The Stringers modified it. Arthur (Smith) modified it still more and named it 'Indian Creek' in honor of the road the Stringers lived on near McEwen (Tenn.)" {Charles Wolfe and Barry Poss}. John Hartford's version of the story relates:

[The tune,] credited to Arthur Smith, supposedly was made after hearing a brass band concert and walking home to Indian Creek trying to remember one of the tunes.

At heart, the tune is a quadrille piece transformed into a breakdown and played at lightning speed by Smith.

Arthur Smith


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Arthur Smith [1] (1898-1971, Tenn.) [Hartford/Devil's Box, Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 1993; p. 38 (transcribed by John Hartford). Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 317. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 117.

Recorded sources : - Bluebird 7511-A (78 RPM), Arthur Smith (1937). County 547, "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith and His Dixieliners, vol. 2" (1978).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear Arthur Smith's recording at Slippery Hill [3]



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