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 Theme code Index    1L3L5L1 3335
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    3 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    USA(Central)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Gene Silberberg
 Book/Manuscript title    93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at Tractor Tavern
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 7
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2004
 Artist    Fred Stoneking
 Title of recording    Saddle Old Spike
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Rounder CD 0381
 Year recorded    1996
 Media    
 Score   ()   


BURT COUNTY BREAKDOWN. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Missouri, Nebraska. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title comes from fiddler 'Uncle' Bob Walter(s), and is named for the Nebraska county he lived in. The tune may have been a forerunner of Bill Monroe's "Gold Rush," as pointed out by Missouri fiddler Fred Stoneking. The tune was in the repertoire of Fred Stoneking, who had the tune from his father, Lee Roy Stoneking, who had the tune from 'a fiddler in Burt County' (presumably the influential Walters). Drew Beisswenger (2008), however, records that Fred Stoneking had the tune from Ozarks fiddler Lacy Hartje. In fact, several influential Midwest fiddlers also had it in their repertoire, including Cyril Stinnett, Pete McMahan, Charlie Walden and Dwight Lamb.

Source for notated versions: Fred Stoneking (b. 1933, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann, Silberberg].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 135. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 7.

Recorded sources: Rounder CD 0381, Fred Stoneking - "Saddle Old Spike" (1996). Voyager VRCD 344, Howard Marshall & John Williams - "Fiddling Missouri" (1999. Learned from fiddler Bob Walters of Burt County, eastern Nebraska).


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