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X:1 T:Louisville Breakdown C:Bill Monroe N:Transcribed by Frank Maloy from the playing of fiddler N:Kenny Baker with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998 (p. 43) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G "G"eg2a g3b|gdeg d3A|BAGB AGEG|B2d2-d4| eg2a g3b|gdeg d3A|BAGB AGEG|"D7"DEGB "G"AG3| "G"eg2a g3b|gdeg d3A|"G"BAGB AGEG|Bd2e d4| eg2a g3b|gdeg d3A|BAGB AGEG|"D7"DEGB "G"AG3| "G"G,B,DB, G,B,DB,|G,B,DG B3B,|G,B,DG B,3B,|G,B,DB, G,B,EB,| "D7"DFAB d2d2|"G"G,B,DB, G,B,DB,|G,B,DG B3d|BAGE DEGA| "D7"BGAF "G"G4|"G"G,B,DB, G,B,DB,|G,B,DG B3d|BAGE DEGA|"D7"BGAF "G"G4||



LOUISVILLE. Bluegrass, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Often identified as a 'Missouri' tune, although the tune was composed by Bluegrass master Bill Monroe in 1964. In April of that year Monroe and his band recorded "Louisville Breakdown" for the first time during an evening session at Columbia Recording Studio (along with "Never Again," "Just Over in the Gloryland" and "Fire on the Mountain"). Assisting on the recording were Jackie Phelps [guitar], Joe Stuart [banjo], Bessie Mauldin [bass] and Benny Williams and Buddy Spicher [fiddle]. The producer was Harry Silverstein[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Kenny Baker via Carthy Sisco (Bremerton, Washington) [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998; p. 43. Silberberg (Fiddle Tunes I Learned at the Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 94.

Recorded sources : - County Records, Kenny Baker & Bobby Hicks – "Darkness on the Delta" (1980). MCA 124 "Bill and Charlie Monroe" (1969). Rebel Records Of Canada REB-850, Bill Monroe - "Classic Bluegrass Instrumentals" (1985).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear the tune on youtube by Mack Snodderly et al [2]
Hear the tune on youtube by Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks [3]
Hear Bill Monroe's version at youtube.com [4]



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  1. Richard Thompson, "I’m Going Back To Old Kentucky #191", Bluegrass Today, posted April 10, 2011 [5]