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X:1 T:Wild John N:From the playing of Benny Thomasson (1909-1984, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Tx.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Moderately Quick" D:Voyager VRCD 34, Benny Thomasson - "Say Old Man, Can D:You Play the Fiddle?" (1999) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C [E2c2]-|[E2c2]+slide+[e2e2] eged|cAGc AGc2|[ce]-[e2e2]e eged|ceag edc[Gc]| [ce]-[e2e2]e eged|((3c/d/c/A) Gc AGA-B|((3c/d/c/A) Gc AGBG|1c2 (c/d/c/B/) c2:|2 c2 (c/d/c/B/) cGAG|| |:E[C3E3] [CE]cdc|AF3 [F2A2]dc|BAGB AGBG|ceag ecAG| E[C3E3] [CE]cdc|AF2-G F2dc|BAGB AGBG|1[E2c2] ([E/c/]d/c/B/) [E2c2]FE:|2 [E2c2] ([E/c/]d/c/B/) [E2c2]|| |:G2|cdcG cdec|dcAG EFGA|BdBG BcdB|(3cBA GF ECEG| cecG cdec|dcAG EFGA|Bgfa gdBG| [E2c2] ([E/c/]d/c/B/) [E2c2]:|]

WILD JOHN. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Texas. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle) AA'BB'CC. A ragtime-flavored 'traditional' reel in the repertory of several mid-20th century Texas-style fiddlers, including Benny Thomasson (1909-1984), Red Straley, Herman Johnson, Louis Franklin, Major Franklin and Bartow Riley (1921-2011). See the related tunes "Rocky Pallet" and "Rattlesnake Bit the Baby."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 1), 1994; p. 258. Peter Martin (Benny Thomasson Fiddle Transcriptions), 1997; p. 63. Davis (Devil's Box, vol. 31, No. 3), Fall, 1997; p. 26 (Pete Martin transcription). Clare Milliner & Walk Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; pp. 726-727. Jeanine Orme (Herman Johnson Master Fiddler: 39 Solos-America's Legend Fiddler), 2015; p. 57.

Recorded sources : - Elektra EKS-7 285, The Dillards with Byron Berline - "Pickin' and Fiddlin'" (1965). Voyager VRCD 34, Benny Thomasson - "Say Old Man, CanYou Play the Fiddle?" (1999)

See also listing at :
See Pete Martin's book for the complete transcription of Benny Thomasson's recorded performance, including his variations [1]
Hear Byron Berline's recording at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear Benny Thomasson's recording at Slippery Hill [3]

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