Roger, this one was recently recorded by Michael Cleveland: http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Tree-St...p/B0010TR3IW although I don't know who played banjo--might have been John Mark Batchelor, who's a BHO member. You can download the mp3 for $0.99 and hear how it's backed up by a banjo, and there's a nice banjo break, too. With this kind of tune, you can play pretty much anything you want within the chord structure, which is about as simple as it gets: just G D G over and over and over and over.....;-) If you happen to already play Walkin' in My Sleep (B part), you're basically there already.
I have been working on this off and on for years, ever since I heard it on a "Tater" Tate record back in the 70s. You motivated me to finally tie up the loose ends and transcribe it. This tune has a range of almost two octaves, so it is a bit of a workout. You can find the tab in Tabledit format on my website. You'll have to scroll down the list to find it, right below Sugar in the Gourd. I wonder if there are any other Sugar tunes? Okay, Maple Sugar, there's another good tune.
Thanks, Dave. You know, I used to play Sugarfoot Rag, too, that was really popular maybe 30 years ago, but you don't hear it much now. I forgot all about it. I think it was sometimes called Pretty Little Widow.
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Don, I was thinking of this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO3kpSppB6k which was Hank Garland's signature tune and allegedly written by him in 1949. Possible it was a "borrow" from an old fiddle tune? Or maybe there are 2 tunes by that name.
Sugarfoot Rag, yup, that's it. I don't know about Garland actually writing it. Maybe he did, but Tommy Jarrell played Sugarfoot Rag, so did Tommy Magnuss. Back in those days, country musicians tried to claim credit for writing traditional material all the time. Recently, somebody here posted a link to an article wherein Zeke Morris claimed credit for writing Salty Dog Blues. He talked in great detail about how he got the inspiration, etc. S** of a b**** was lying through his teeth the whole time. Here's a YouTube clip of Stringbean singing Pretty Little Widder on the Porter Wagoner Show. What do you think? Sounds like Sugarfoot Rag to me.
Hmmm...there is indeed a remarkable resemblance! Lots of examples of it being fiddled here (Digital Library of Appalachia): http://tinyurl.com/65rf6p so it looks like Hank did some borrowing. Thanks for the tip-off.