Old Time Mandolin Music

B-Flat Rag

"B-Flat Rag" was recorded by Madisonville String Band in October 1930.  I learned "B-Flat Rag" from the Madisonville String Band’s recording on the Kentucky Mountain Music: Classic Recordings of the 1920’s and 30’s CD on Yazoo Records CD 2200.

It’s a great tune and I’ve included a couple of small variations that are played on the recording.  I think you’ll be able to figure out what they are.

Adam Tanner recorded "B-Flat Rag" on his CD titled Rare Rags and Stringband Blues.  Adam’s liner notes provide some additional information about the band.  The band leader and fiddler Clarence Cobb was born in Madisonville (Hopkins County), Kentucky.  Other band members include Aubrey Prow on guitar, Houston Tucker on mandolin, and Noah Tucker on Bass.  Apparently the band won a contest and the prize was a recording date.  Seven sides were recorded for Gennett.

Download a pdf of "B-Flat Rag" -> Click BFlatRag.pdf