Last week I happened upon a site I had never noticed before: Tater Joe’s Old-Time Musical Mercantile, described as A Collection of Transcriptions and Recordings From Workshops, Lessons, and Personal Efforts.
Tater Joe’s site primarily consists of over 200 clawhammer banjo tabs by Ken Torke and almost 150 fiddle transcriptions by Mark Wardenburg. The fiddle tune pdf’s also contain chords, making them especially helpful to mandolin, guitar and bass players. Torke and Wardenburg both play in the Pig’s Foot String Band, and I believe Ken Torke is the one who maintains the Tater Joe's site.
The transcribed tunes include such gems as And The Cat Came Back, Bound To Have A Little Fun, Chinquapin Hunting - Art Stamper, Five Miles From Town, Folding Down The Sheets, Half Past Four, Hell On The Wabash, Hob Dye, Jenny Get Around, Monkey In A Dog Cart, Old Piss, Polly Put The Kettle On, Richmond, Road To Malvern, Rock The Cradle Joe, Rocky Mountain Goat, Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes, Salty River Reel, Squirrel Hunters, Tipping Back The Corn, Valley Forge, and Walking Up Georgia Row.
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Some of these tunes are ones I haven't seen the notes for anywhere else, and it looks as though new transcriptions are being added all the time – with a few as recently as this month. The site also features recordings and transcriptions from mandolin player Caleb Klauder’s (Foghorn Stringband) Walker Creek Music Camp Old-Time Mandolin Workshop from October 2013. Very cool!
Tater Joe’s is a site worth checking out and checking back in on often.