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Roughly 60 miles west of Georgia, and walking distance to the Alabama line, sits the small town of Tallapoosa.
Old Time Music enthusiasts will recognize it as the home city of one of Georgia’s most decorated contest fiddlers, Ahaz Augustus Gray. Or, to avoid the twisting of tongues, just A.A. Gray.
Fortunately, Gray wrote a rollickin’ fiddle tune to help us remember that factoid, one he recorded in a studio in Atlanta back in 1930, along with guitarist John Dilleshaw, aka “seven foot Dilly” (he was actually but 6 foot 7 inches, but rounding up was the convention).
While Gray may have shed his mortal coil back in 1939, 80 years later “Tallapoosa Bound” still enjoys heavy rotation in jams around here.
gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3
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