White Horse Breakdown
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WHITE HORSE BREAKDOWN. Bluegrass, Breakdown. USA. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Intro, AABB. Written by the 'Father of Bluegrass', Kentucky mandolinist Bill Monroe, and named for Whitehorse Mountain, a prominent peak near Darrington, Washington. Bill was performing in Darrington, and announced that he had just composed a new tune which needed a name. He asked for suggestions from the audience, and this is the one he chose. The tune was first recorded by fiddler Kenny Baker in 1972.
Source for notated version: Blaine Sprouse [Brody].
Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 292.
Recorded sources: County 736, Kenny Baker "Kenny Baker Country." Takoma D 1064, Norman Blake "Directions." Rounder 0117, "Blaine Sprouse." Voyager 362, Carthy Sisco "Rugged Road."
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Hear Kenny Baker's recording on youtube.com