Old Buzzard (1)

Find traditional instrumental music
Jump to: navigation, search

Back to Old Buzzard (1)


X:1 T:Old Buzzard [1] S:Doc Roberts (1897-1978, Madison County, Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 D:Gennett Records 6336 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts (1927) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/old-buzzard-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G Bc|d2 ef gage|dged Bd2d|d2 ef gage|dBAF AG[G2B2]| d2 ef gage|dfed Bd3| e4 efge|dBAG EG:|| Bc|dBGA [D2B2]B2|dBGB AGBc|dBGA [D2B2]Bd|BAGE DGG2| [D2d2][D2B2][D_B]-[D2=B2]B|d2Bd A(G [G2B2])|[D2d2](B_B) =B2Bd|BAGE DGG2| [D2d2][D2B2][D_B]-[D2=B2]B|d2Bd A(G [G2B2])| gedB A2G2|BAGE DGG2||



OLD BUZZARD [1]. American, Reel. USA, central Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'C. The tune was recorded by Kentucky fiddler Doc Roberts (1897-1978) in 1927 in Richmond, Indiana, backed by African-American guitarist John Booker. Roberts learned it from Owen Walker, an older African-American fiddler from Madison County, Ky., a friend and neighbor who was born in 1857. According to Charles Wolfe (Kentucky Country, 1982, p. 29), Walker was "a well-known entertainer in the World War I era and was much in demand for social events in the region; he never recorded but he passed on much of his repertoire and style to the Roberts brothers, including such tunes as "Old Buzzard," "Brickyard Joe (1)," and "All I've Got's Done Gone (1)," all of which Doc later recorded....Years later Doc acknowledged his debt to Walker: "He helped me in every way in the world," he said." Gus Meade thinks 70% of Roberts' repertoire was from Wallace (Wolfe, 1982). The melody bears no relation to the better-known tune with the similar title, "Shoot that Turkey Buzzard," however, several have pointed out the similarities with the Ozarks regional tune "Fort Smith (1). Researcher Guthrie Meade (Country Music Sources, 2002) believes "Old Buzzard" linked to "Big Eyed Rabbit."

Doc Roberts


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Doc Roberts (Madison County, Ky.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; p. 169. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 113, p. 141.

Recorded sources: -Davis Unlimited DU 33015, Doc Roberts - "Fiddling Doc Roberts" (1975). Document DOCD 8042, "Fiddlin' Doc Roberts: Recorded Works in Chronological Order, vol. 1 (1925-1928)" (1999). Field Recorders Collective FRC1004, "Clyde Davenport" (DVD). Gennett 6336 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts (1927). Morning Star 45004, Doc Roberts (et al) - "Wish I Had My Time Again: Old Time Fiddle Band Music from Kentucky" (1990).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Doc Roberts 1927 recording on Soundcloud [2], Slippery Hill [3] and Document [4]
See Austin Rogers' transcription of Robert's recording [5]



Back to Old Buzzard (1)