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Banjo tablatures for Crazy Creek

Bill Keith

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #fiddle tune, #guitar tune, #up-tempo

Tommy Jackson, who was always under the influence of the skill of his Texas fiddler friend, Bob Wills, penned down this song. He went on to invent a melody that the lyrics he composed would fit into and then recorded it later on. According to Musicologist Charles Wolfe, Tommy Jackson became an outstanding fiddler who set the pace for other fiddlers to come as he became "the most heard, and the most imitated, fiddler of his generation." This is probably because he proved himself a skillful producer through his recordings. This made him the much-sought-after session man and producer in Nashville. He was the best and busiest violinist in country music, Some of the people he worked with and is often connected with include; the Grand Old Opry, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and George Jones, among numerous others. Years later, the Dillards, in collaboration with fiddler Byron Berline, would produce an influential recording of this tune.

  • Banjo Crazy Creek Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This version of Crazy Creek is a bit simpler than the melodic arrangement and throws in some classic Scruggs licks to help you move from chord to chord.

    Banjo Crazy Creek Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Crazy Creek Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A traditional tune popularized by Bill Keith. Crazy Creek has some "crazy" chords uncommonly used in bluegrass, and combines melodic and single string playing.

    Banjo Crazy Creek Melodic Style
  • Banjo Crazy Creek Backup


    This backup arrangement of Crazy Creek shows you how to move fluidly from one chord to another. There are a lot of "non-bluegrass" chords in this song.

    Banjo Crazy Creek Backup