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Mule Skinner Blues

Composer: Jimmie Rodgers / George Vaughn

Jerry Garcia

info Breakdown, Old & In The Way, 1997
info Live At The Boarding House: The Complete Shows, Old & In The Way, 2013

Ratdog

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Kingfish

info Live 'N' Kickin, Kingfish, 1977
info Kingfish In Concert: King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kingfish, Kingfish, 1996
info Live, Kingfish, 2000
info From the Front Row: Live, Kingfish, 2003 (DVD Audio)
info Greatest Hits Live, Kingfish, 2003

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info Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, 1962
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info Mountain Music Played on the Autoharp, Various Artists (Kilby Snow), 1962
no info The Country Music Hall of Fame: The Greatest Collection of Country Hits Ever Assembled in One Album, Various Artists (James O'Gwynn), 1962
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info Good Old Mountain Music, Tennessee River Boys, 1963
info Livin' On The Mountain, Bill Keith & Jim Rooney, 1963
info Hootenanny!, Various Artists (Ramblin' Jack Elliott), 1963
no info The Voice and Guitar Of, Jose Feliciano, 1964
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info Hits From The Country Hall Of Fame, Floyd Cramer, 1965
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info Bill Monroe's Country Music Hall of Fame, Bill Monroe, 1971
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info Bean Blossom, Bill Monroe, 1973
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no info The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Various Artists (Bill Monroe), 1981
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no info Country U.S.A.: 1970, Various Artists (Dolly Parton), 1988
no info Collection, Lonnie Donnegan, 1989
no info Stay Sick!, The Cramps, 1990
no info America's Blue Yodeller, Jimmie Rodgers, 1991
info The Singing Brakeman (Box set), Jimmie Rodgers, 1992
info Bluegrass Breakdown, Various Artists (Bill Monroe), 1992
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info The Music Of Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe, 1994
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info Nashville At Newport, Various Artists (Ramblin' Jack Elliott), 1995
info Bluegrass 1970-1979, Bill Monroe, 1995
info Super Box Of Rock, Vol. 3, Various Artists (The Fendermen), 1995
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info Hats Off! A Tribute to Bill Monroe, Various Artists (The Stonemans), 1996
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info The Very Best of Jimmie Rodgers, Jimmie Rodgers, 1998
info Dawg Duos, David Grisman and guests, 1999
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info The Best Of Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys, Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys, 1999
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Notes

Occurs on Jimmie Rodgers LPs and on many other releases as Mule Skinner Blues. Also occurs as Muleskinner Blues.

Original version recorded by Jimmie Rodgers on 11th July 1930.

Mule Skinner Blues played a prominent role in the career of Bill Monroe. It was his first post-Monroe Brothers recording on October 7th 1938 and the first song he performed at the Grand Old Opry in 1939. In 1950 he recorded a new version titled New Muleskinner Blues (featuring Vassar Clements who would later play with Garcia in Old and In The Way). He recorded two more versions after this but reverted to the original name. Monroe said of his version of the song;

We don't do it the way Jimmie Rodgers sung it. It's speeded up, and we moved it up to fit the fiddle and we have that straight time with it, driving time