ARKANSAW TRAVELER

Latest update on 28/05/2018

Artist: Len Spencer
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1900

In duet with George Schweinfest. Classic southern fiddle tune from the mid nineteenth century. Also inspired Johnny Get Your Gun (1886). Pre 1905 bestseller, also released on Victor (with Henri Gilliland) and Edison. Cheap fun always sells. Len Spencer was America's first nationally known record seller. See also: Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay, The Old Folks At Home and Carry Me Back To Ole Virginny.

Covers:

1900s:

Bob Harris & His Four Aces

1910:

Ada Jones & Len Spencer [as Return Of The Arkansas Traveler]

1922:

Eck Robertson [as Arkansas Traveler, the oldest country instrumental]

1924:

Fiddlin' John Carson

1925:

Uncle Dave Macon

1927:

Earl Johnson

1928:

Tennessee Ramblers

1950s:

Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant

1950s:

Jimmy Driftwood

1950s:

Chet Atkins

1954:

Pete Seeger

1959:

Hobart Smith

1960:

Stanley Brothers [bluegrass classic as How Far To Little Rock?]

1986:

Albert Lee

1992:

Michelle Shocked [lead vocals: Jimmy Driftwood, the Arkansas teacher who also wrote The Battle Of New Orleans (see there)]

2001:

Tommy Conwell [all following Eck Robertson as Arkansas Traveler]

Melody first published in 1847 under the title The Arkansas Traveller And Rackinsac Waltz, arranged by William Cumming. This dialogue between a local farmer and a lost stranger is either credited to Mose Case or to Col. Sanford C. Faulkner, who claimed to be the original Arkansas Traveler: fact is he once got entangled in a similar situation while on a mission in Pope Co., AR.

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