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LAND OF LINCOLN. AKA and see "Old John Tate." American, Reel. A Minor ('A', 'B' and 'D' parts) & D Major ('C' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'CCDDCCDDAA'. "Land of Lincoln" is the motto on the Illinois state vehicular license plate. The tune was a composition of Bluegrass mandolinist Bill Monroe, performed at the Bean Blossom festival in 1969, and recorded by him on November 25, 1969 (with the then-Bluegrass Boys consisting of James Monroe, Rual Yarbrough, Bill Yates and fiddler Kenny Baker). "Boffman's Reel", from Bob Fast, a nephew of Nebraska fiddler Bob Walters, is a similar tune in parts. Gene Silberberg notes that parts 'A' and 'D' are sometimes played together in the Northwest U.S., with the title of "Old John Tate."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Kenny Baker (1926-2011) [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 24.

Recorded sources : - County 744, Kenny Baker - "Dry and Dusty" (1973).




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