Cripple Creek

19 Mar

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[gDGBD tuning]

Oftentimes the first number a budding old-time or bluegrass musician learns, this is perhaps the quintessential American fiddle/banjo tune.  It has been recorded countless times, by countless groups, has dozens of verses and almost as many names (eg. “Shootin’ Creek”, “Hipple Creek”, “Goin’ Up Brushy Fork”).  Not one of my favorites, but I include it here since it seems to work well in the 2FTL setting.

Cripple Creek trivia:

The first issued recording was made August 20, 1924 by a fella named Sam Jones, a one-man band who called himself Stove Pipe No. 1.

For a thorough history of the tune, go HERE.


4 Responses to “Cripple Creek”

  1. Colinski 02/28/2011 at 4:08 am #

    Oh wow, I have that Stovepipe #1 recording! I had no idea it was the first recorded rendition of Cripple Creek; not what you’d expect. Really weird early jugband stuff.

    • 2ftlbanjer 02/28/2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Super weird, but very cool. Not the Cripple Creek most people think of. Stovepipe #1 rocks.

  2. Dick W. 05/28/2012 at 3:35 pm #

    This will be the third song I will be working on (started with Sourwood Mountain on this site). Learning the pull-offs and hammer-ons sequences will really improve my technique. Great site – thanks!


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