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Breakdown 059

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Played by Dallas Stamper in 1926 at a picnic in Dixon, Missouri. I never heard this tune again until about 1957, when a fiddler in Indiana played a similar version at a square dance. In 1968 I visited this fiddler, who reportedly had learned it years ago, minus any name, from an old fiddler living along the Wabash River.

AKA Jan's Tune

Cotton Eyed Joe

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This version is near most versions of "Cotton Eyed Joe." Tradition around my home town is that "Cotton Eyed Joe" required special tuning of the fiddle and was a good square-dance tune. This version meets neither criterion.

Beaumont Rag

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The fiddlers who played for me did not use the "Georgia lick," a bowing technique of fairly recent origin, which generates a syncopated accent. It is often used in "Beaumont Rag" and other tunes but can be quickly overdone, since it obscures the beat and throws accompanists off stride. It is one of the modern divertissements in present-day fiddling known as "hokum." Recorded by Bill Driver and Red Williams.

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