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SHOOT THAT TURKEY BUZZARD. AKA - "Turkey Buzzard." American, Reel (cut time). USA; east Tennessee, east Kentucky, north Georgia. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (most versions). "Shoot that Turkey Buzzard" has been identified as an east Tennessee tune name, however, while it may be strongly identified with that region, both tune and title can be found in other areas of the South and MidWest. Rosenbaum (1989) believes it to have been widespread in the Georgia Blue Ridge, and the piece was in the repertoire of Montecello, Ky., fiddler Clyde Davenport, who learned it from his father, a Tennessee fiddler. The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. A tune by this title was in the repertoire of fiddler Munsey Gaultney, originally from Ashe County, North Carolina, remembered for his shuffle bowing and timing.

John Hartford (2001) says it is “damn near the same as ‘Georgia Boys,’ ‘Seneca Square Dance’ and ‘Raccoon Tail’.” The latter was a tune in the repertoire of Dr. Jimmy Gray, a fiddler from Missouri who played in many of the contests back in the heyday of the great Jefferson City radio fiddle conventions.

There are various verses sung to the tune:

Shoot that turkey buzzard, shoot that turkey buzzard,
Shoot that turkey buzzard, flyin' round the mountain.

Old hen cackle and chickens flew,
Rooster swore that he'd go, too.

Shoot old Davy Dugger, shoot old Davy Dugger,
Shoot old Davy Dugger, catch his wife an' hug 'er. ..... (Rosenbaum/Chancey)

Shoot that turkey buzzard, shoot that turkey buzzard,
Blam!, blam!, caw!, caw! '' (Kuntz/Any Old Time)

"Shoot that Turkey Buzzard" is closely related to the tunes "Davy Dugger," "Engine on a Mogull," "Greasy String (1)," "Old Coon Dog (1)," and "Higher Up the Monkey Climbs."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Ebenezer [Brody]: Any Old Time String Band (Ca.) [Kuntz]; Joe and Chesley Chancey (Boardtown Community, Cherry Log, Gilmer County, Georgia) [Rosenbaum]; Vivian Williams (Seattle) [Phillips]; Mel Durham [Silberberg]; John Walker [Hartford/Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 256. Stephen F. Davis (The Devil's Box), vol. 25, No. 4, Winter 1991; p. 21. Kuntz (Ragged but Right), 1987; p. 322. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 245. Rosenbaum (Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in North Georgia), 1989; pp. 168–169. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 144. Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 27.

Recorded sources : - Arhoolie 4009, "Any Old Time String Band." Biograph 6007, Ebenezer- "Tell it to Me" (appears as "Turkey Buzzard"). County 405, "The Hillbillies" (appears as third tune of "Soldier's Joy Medley"). Folkways FA 2371, Roger Sprung - "Ragtime Bluegrass 2." Gennett 6775 (78 RPM), Doc Roberts (Ky.) (1928). King 819 (78 rpm), J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (1949). Rounder 0442, John Hartford – “Hamilton Ironworks” (2001). Silver Circle 002, Doug Phillips & Hilary Dirlam - "Waggoner." Vetco 506, Fiddlin Van Kidwell - "Midnight Ride."

See also listing at :
Hear J.E. Mainer's version at [1]
Hear Doc Roberts' version at [2] (Fiddlin' Jim Burke was a pseudonym for Doc Roberts)

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