Stranger on a Mule

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X:1 T:Stranger on a Mule N:From the playing of Elzie Estes (Warren County, Ky.), recorded in 1973 N:by Bruce Greene. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G [G,2G2]BB ddee|gfee c2c2|D2DD FFAA|GFGB d2D2| [G,2G2]BB ddee|gfee c2c2|D2DD FFAA|1GBAG G2G2:|2G2B2G2|| e2-|gfgg ggag|ggee c2cA|D2 FF AABA|GABc d2de| gfgg ggag|ggee c4|D2 FF AABA |G2B2G2:|]

STRANGER ON A MULE. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Stranger on a Mule" comes from the repertoire of fiddler Elzie Estes (Warren County, south-central Kentucky), recorded in the field in 1973 by Bruce Greene. The story goes that young Estes and a friend who were both trying to learn to play the fiddle were out tending crops in the fields when they heard the tune being whistled by a passerby riding a mule, and followed him long enough to memorize the tune.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Denny Reid [Silberberg].

Printed sources : - Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 151.

See also listing at :
Hear Elzie Estes field recording by Bruce Greene at Slippery Hill [1]

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