X: 1 T: Red Steer S: John Dykes Red Steer.mp3 - Jeff Goehring R: reel Z: 2012 John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu> M: 2/4 L: 1/16 F:http://www.john-chambers.us/~jc/music/abc/reel/Red_Steer_A.abc K: A [|\ e2a2 abaf | e2a2 a2cd | e2a2 abaf | e2c2 B2A2 | A2a2 a2a2 | b2a2 a2f2 | e2a2 abaf | e2c2 B2A2 |] [|\ c2c2 d2fd | ec2c B2B2 | ABcc defd | e2c2 B2A2 | c2c2 d2fd | ec2c B2B2 | Ac2c defd | e2c2 B2Ac |] [|\ e2c2 e2c2 | e2c2 B2Bc | e2c2 e2c2 | e2c2 B2Ac | e2c2 d2f2 | ec2c B2cB | ABcd efec | e2c2 B2A2 |]
RED STEER. AKA and see "Brown's Dream (1),” “John Brown's Dream." American, Reel (cut time). A Major. GDgd or AEae tuning (fiddle). The "Red Steer" version of the tune is sourced to the playing of fiddler John Dykes (c.1882- 1940's?) , of the Kingsport, northeast Tennessee, area (on the border with Virginia), leader of the Dykes Magic City trio, which also included Myrtle Vermillion on autoharp and Hub Mahaffey on guitar (with vocals sometimes later supplied by Dykes' brother-in-law, Dock Boggs). Kingsport at the time was boosting itself as “the magic city” because of it’s progressiveness. An article in the Kingsport Times on February 18th, 1927, reported “The Kingsport Trio, known as John R. Dykes’ string band…were introduced by Kiwanian T.R. Bandy [who] announced that this trio had been selected out of a group of 50 such organizations by the Brunswick Phonograph Company, of New York, to make records.”
See note for "John Brown's Dream" for more information on this large tune family.