'A' and 'E' Rag
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'A' AND 'E' RAG. AKA – “Buck Fever.” Old‑Time, Reel. USA, Missouri. A Major (‘A’ part) & E Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning. AABB. According to Drew Beisswenger (2008), “Buck Fever” was source Lonnie Robertson’s alternate title for the tune. Beisswenger notes a good deal of musical similarity with the Kentucky tune Old Flannagin/Old Flannigan, both having a second strain close to Old Mother Flanagan, with a first strain that is shared with Saratoga Hornpipe (3) and a number of other related melodies (see note for “Saratoga Hornpipe (3)”).
Source for notated version: Lonnie Robertson (1908-1981, Springfield, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann].
Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; pg. 114. Sanella (Balance and Swing).
Recorded sources: Caney Mountain Records CEP 102 (privately issued extended play LP), Lonnie Robertson (Mo.), c. 1965‑66. Rounder CD0375, Lonnie Robertson – “Lonnie’s Breakdown” (1965).
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources