"East Tennessee Blues" written by Charlie Bowman, is an American old-time fiddle song that dates back to the 20th century. Its first recording was done by Al Hopkins. A number of versions have been released by prominent bluegrass artists such as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Tony Jackson. It has since become a mainstay of bluegrass music and is still been performed by singers such as steep canyon rangers and even the famous East Tennessee start university bluegrass pride band. According to Bowman, the sing could not satisfactorily be tagged a blues simply because it has blues in its name. the name was suggested by fiddler and bandleader, AL Hopkins who was in the list of those that did the first recording. However, the attachment of blues to the name added some commercial value.