Back Up and Push (1)

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Back Up and Push (1)

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  2H2H66 63H2H1H
 Also known as    Rubber Dolly
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Bluegrass, Old-Time, Texas/Oklahoma
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    C
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AABB
 Book/Manuscript title    
 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    Skillet Lickers (The)
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Bluebird 5562B (78 RPM)
 Year recorded    1934

T: Back Up and Push (1)
M: C|
L: 1/8
K: C
e3dc2|:d4 (A4|A2) e2d2c2|c4 (G4|G2)G2 A2c2|B4 (g4|g2)g2a2g2|
e4 [e4g4]-|[e2g2]e2d2c2|[f4d4] [F4A4]-|[F2A2]e2d2c2|c4 (G4|G2)G2A2c2|B4 (g4|
g2) ag e2|c4 (c4|c2)e2d2c2::FFcF FdFF|cFFd FFcF|ccgc cacc|gcca ccgc|
BBgB BaBB|gBBa BBgB|1 ccgc cacc|_bcca ccgc:|2 c2 c/B/c/d/ c4||

BACK UP AND PUSH [1]. AKA and see "Rubber Dolly." Bluegrass; Breakdown. USA, widely known. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Lowinger): AABB (Brody, Silberberg): AA'BB (Phillips): AA'BB' (Reiner). Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers' 1934 version of the piece (backed with "Down Yonder") became the third best-selling country music record for that year. Gid's son, 17 year old Gordon Tanner, played uncredited fiddle lead at the session, according to Tony Russell. The tune is now widespread, having been popularized by bands such as Bill Monroe's and Benny Martin's, and influential fiddlers Kenny Baker, Buck Ryan, and others. The second part is little more than a 'double shuffle' (aka hokum shuffle or OBS/Orange Blossom Special shuffle) on the chords F, C and G.

Sources for notated versions: Kenny Baker [Brody]; Curley Ray Cline [Phillips]; Floyd Engstrom [Silberberg].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 31. Lowinger (Bluegrass Fiddle), 1974; p. 62. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; p. 18. Reiner (Anthology of Fiddle Styles), 1977; p. 41. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 3.

Recorded sources: County 770, Kenny Baker- "Frost on the Pumpkin." RCA Camden CAL-719, Bill Moinroe- "The Father of Bluegrass Music." Magg 3901, Marion Sumner and Jesse McReynolds- "Old Friends." Rebel 1552, Buck Ryan- "Draggin' the Bow." CMH 9006, Benny Martin - "The Fiddle Collection." Condor 977-1489, "Graham & Eleanor Townsend Live at Barre, Vermont." Fretless 101, "The Campbell Family--Champion Fiddlers." Fretless 103, "Clem Myers: Northeast Regional Old Time Fiddle Champion 1967 & 1970." F&W Records 6, The Fireside String Band- "Square Dance Tunes For a Yankee Caller." Bluebird 5562B (78 RPM), Skillet Lickers (Ga.) {1934}. Rounder 0005, Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy Sherrel - "30 Years of Pickin' & Pluckin'."