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KICKING MULE. Old-Time, Breakdown. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Known as a southeastern Tennessee tune. An instrumental version of "Whoa Mule (1)." The title appears in a list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tune compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. It is perhaps the same tune as "Bucking Mule." It was also in the repertoire of fiddler Tommy Magness (1911-1972), born in north Georgia near the southeastern Tennessee border.
Source for notated version: Martin Marshall [Milliner & Koken].
Printed sources: Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of Amercian Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 359.
Recorded sources: Heritage LP 047 and HRC-047-CD , "Bell Spur String Band" (1984. Originally recorded 1963).
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Hear Alice Gerard play the tune at Old Time Music Camp North, 2006