Mandolin King Rag
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MANDOLIN KING RAG. Old-Time, Country Rag. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Composer Larry Hensley (1912-1973), of Monarck, Virginia, was the mandolin and guitar player for the group Walker's Corbin Ramblers, a group from Corbin, Kentucky, led by John V. Walker (1891-1980), an L&N Railroad fireman. Charles Wolfe (Kentucky Country, 1996, p. 40) calls Hensley "a skilled an innovative virtuoso who was among the first in a long line of Kentucky mandolin and guitar soloists." His recording partner for "Mandolin King Rag" was Mack Taylor, also a guitar and mandolin player with Walker's Corbin Ramblers, who later in life lived in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. A more modern version of the rag was later recorded by the Even Dozen Jug Band, featuring David Grisman on mandolin.
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Recorded sources: Vocalion 02640 (78 RPM), Hensley & Taylor (1934. Recorded NYC).