This is an great old time Texas fiddle tune from "Texas Fiddle Favorites for Mandolin and Banjo." A book/cd combination is now available from Mel Bay. I used transcriptions of several noted Texas fiddlers for my arrangement. This is mostly Benny Thommasson.
Here is another Benny tune. Ed Marsh plays the hot fiddle break and Alan is the banjo player on all these cuts. The great David Grier plays guitar.
Ack Varmeland Du Skona
This beautiful Swedish folk tune was recorded for my upcoming international mandolin book for Mel Bay. The tune was suggested by my favorite Swedish banjo player (and South Plains College student) Magnus (Gus) Feldman.
Mike Richey Special
This is the name of a flatpick brand I used back in the 1970s. It also refers to Brother Slim Richey of Ridge Runner. (slimricheysdreamband.com) The A part was inspired by a Johnny Gimble lick. The B part accidentally turned out to be the B part of "Golden Eagle Hornpipe!" The great Texas Shorty plays fiddle.
Stompin' at the Savoy
Thanks to Slim for asking me to play on this landmark recording. He gave me a cassette with the songs played by many jazzers. I stoled licks like crazy. Lionel Hampton on vibes was one of my favorite sources. His playing translates to mando well. Gerald Jones and I play the unison banjo/mando duet. Sam Bush on fiddle. Man, this was a long time ago!
Tom & Jerry
Here is another tune from "Texas Fiddle Favorites." The arrangement is not typical of Texas fiddlers. I liked the opening section and decided to use it as an opening and closing theme. This part is generally played later as a C or D part.
This is a county road in Hockley County, Texas. The tune was written when I started playing the mando in C, but moved it down a fret. The resulting odd sounds of open strings in Cb (B) gave the melody a unique character. Thanks to all the players. From 1999s "Welcome to West Texas.