Sharecropper's Blues

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X:1 T:Share Croppers Blues N:From the playing of Uncle Dick Hutchison (1897-1986, Disney, N:northeast Oklahoma) M:C| L:1/8 R:Blues Q:"Moderately Quick" D:Hutchinson H-119, Uncle Dick Hutchison - "Old Time Fiddlin'" (rare, OOP). D:MSOTFA 115, Uncle Dick Hutchison - "Sharecropper's Blues" (2015. Recorded D:c. 1960 at the Lake Eucha Game Reserve near Tulsa, OK., by Fiddlin' Dee DeRyke). D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/share-croppers-blues Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D dz Az (F-=F) D2|A,B,DE FABd-|dBA=F- ^FD B,2|D8|G3A B2d2-| d4-dded|a=f-^fd- dBA=F-|^F4- FEDB,|A,6 B,A,| DEFA- A2 =c2-|^cec-B A3=f- |^fafa fd-BA|dBA=F- ^FDB,2|D6|| P:A' d2|[M:3/2]d6 A2 F-=FD2|[M:C|]A,B,DE FABd-|[M:3/2]dBA=F- ^FD B,D- D4| [M:C|]G,B,DG- G2A2|B-d3 =fed2|a=f-^f=f -^fedB-|[M:3/2]BAF-D D4- DD-EF| [M:C|]AA2B- cecB| A6=f2- |^fafa fd-BA|dBA=F- ^FDB,2|D6|| P:B A,2-|A,2 B,2 D2E-F-|F4-FE D2|A4- AB AF|DFAd- dBA=F-|^FD B,2D4| G,B,DG- G2A2|B-d3 =f/-e/d-d2|a-f-fd- dB A2| =F-^F3- FEDB,|A,6 B,A,| DEFA- A2B2-|cecB A3=f- |^fafa fd-BA|dBA=F- ^FDB,2|D6||



SHARECROPPER’S BLUES. Old-Time, Two-Step (cut time). D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’. A true 12-bar blues progression, with flatted sevenths and thirds inserted at various places. Two-Step round dances were often danced to upbeat blues melodies in the Ozarks, points out Drew Beisswenger (2008). Oklahoma fiddler Uncle Dick Hitchinson is associated with this tune which he claimed was one of his “own arrangements.” Mark Wilson links the tune to “Drowning Creek Blues.” A song called "Sharecropper's Blues" was recorded by Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra with vocals by Kay Starr in 1944 for Decca Records (Decca 24264).

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Jim Beeler (1938-2004, Old Kissee Mills, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 169.

Recorded sources: - MSOTFA 115, Dick Hutchinson - "Sharecropper's Blues" (2015).



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