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Arkansas Traveler

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Instrumental, now more commonly written as "The Arkansas Traveler". According to the Arkansas Historic Museum, the composer of this tune is unknown and it is possibly of folk origin.
It was published circa 1850. While several sources credit Stanford Faulkner as the composer of the tune, others cite a contemporary, fiddler Joe (or Jose) Tasso, as the composer. According to Arkansas Historic Museum Faulkner and others arranged the music for themselves but probably did not write it.
A newspaper article from 1887 reported that Faulkner first heard the tune in 1837 when he worked on a steamship on the Arkansas River. It was played by a passenger, Waller Wright, and Faulkner persuaded Wright to teach him the tune.

Earlier versions often have an accompanying comic dialogue but no lyrics.
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Title Performer Release date Info
i The Arkansaw Traveler Len Spencer 1902 Unverified
i 1908
i Return Of The Arkansas Traveler Len Spencer and Ada Jones August 1910 Unverified
i 1917
i June 1918 Medley
i April 1923
i June 1924
i July 1924
i 1924
i February 1925
i 1925
i November 1927
i The Original Arkansas Traveler Clayton McMichen and Dan Hornsby July 1928 Unverified
i August 1928
i 1928
i 1928
i 1929
i December 1930 Medley
i Arkansas Traveler Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra May 16, 1938 Unverified
i November 1938 Medley
i September 1939 Medley
Vocalise version
i October 1948
i 1948
i Arkansas Traveler The Frontiersmen 1948 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys 1949 Unverified
i February 1952
i August 1954
i 1954
i 1955
i 1956
i The Arkansaw Traveler King Ganam and his Sons of the West 1957 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler H.N. Dickens 1957 Unverified
i 1958 Live
Medley
i The Arkansaw Traveler The Sy Oliver Orchestra 1960 Unverified
i 1962
i 1962
i October 1963
i Arkansas Traveler Homer & The Barnstormers 1963 Unverified
i May 1964 Live
i 1964
i Arkansas Traveler Roger Sprung & his Bluegrass All Stars 1964 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler Jimmy Riddle 1964 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Loyd Wanzer 1965 Unverified
i 1967 Live
i February 1968
i 1968
i 1969
i 1969
i December 1970
i 1970
i 1970
i The Boggy Road To Milledgeville David Bromberg 1971 Unverified
i 1972
i September 7, 1973
i 1973
i 1973
i 1974
i 1975
i Arkansas Traveler Paul Buskirk 1975 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Kelly Jones 1975 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Ernest Adkins 1975 Unverified
i August 1976 Live
Medley
i November 1976
i 1976
i 1976 Live
i October 1977
i 1977
i Arkansas Traveler Bill Knopf with Hot Off the Press and Friends 1977 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler The Sunday River Bluegrass Show Featuring David Ferretta ‎ 1977 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler Virgil Shouse 1977 Unverified
i 1978 Medley
i 1978 Live
Vocalise version
i 1979
i 1979
i 1979
i April 1980 Medley
i 1980 Medley
i 1981
i 1981
i 1982
i 1982 Medley
i Arkansas Traveler Elmer Bird 1982 Unverified
i 1983
i 1983
i 1983
i 1983
i 1984 Released more than 10 years after its recording
i 1984 Medley
i 1984
i The Arkansaw Traveler Roger Williams* 1984 Unverified
i 1985
i 1985
i Arkansas Traveler Jim Queen 1985 Unverified
i 1986
i 1988
i 1990
i 1991 Medley
i 1991
i 1992
i 1992
i October 1, 1993
i 1993 Live
Released more than 10 years after its recording
i 1994
i 1994
i 1995
i January 16, 1996
i 1996
i 1996
i 1997
i 1997 Released more than 10 years after its recording
i 1997
i The Arkansas Traveler Richard Crosby 1999 Unverified
i March 25, 2000
i 2000
i 2000
i 2000 Released more than 10 years after its recording
Acoustic
i Arkansas Traveler Rayna Gellert and Friends 2000 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Roy Lanham &: the Whippoorwills 2000 Unverified
i February 28, 2001
i 2001
i 2001
i September 26, 2002
i July 1, 2003
i August 29, 2003
i 2003
i 2003
i 2003
i 2004
i Arkansas Traveler Ryan Thomson 2004 Unverified
i November 7, 2005 Medley
i 2005
i 2005 Released more than 10 years after its recording
i 2005 Released more than 10 years after its recording
A cappella
i 2005
i 2005 Released more than 10 years after its recording
i Arkansas Traveler Eight Hand String Band 2005 Unverified
i 2006
i Arkansas Traveler Matt Brown 2006 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Blue Water Ramblers 2006 Unverified
i January 16, 2007
i March 25, 2008
i July 11, 2008
i July 2008
i 2008
i 2008
i Arkansas Traveler Professor Banjo 2008 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler The Jackson Pike Skifflers 2008 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler The Shake 'Em Ups 2008 Unverified
i March 14, 2009
i 2009 Live
i Arkansas Traveler "Mr. SAM" 2009 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Black Death All Stars 2009 Unverified
i Polly Put The Kettle On & Arkansas Trav… Juggernaut String Band 2009 Unverified
i July 12, 2010
i August 14, 2012
i 2012
i Arkansas Traveler The Dust Busters with John Cohen 2012 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Lucy Allen & Marshall Goers 2012 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Phil Salazar and Friends 2013 Unverified
i July 1, 2014
i 2014
i Arkansas Traveler The Wild Mountain Fiddlers 2014 Unverified
i September 28, 2015
i 2015
i Arkansas Traveler Betse & Clarke 2016 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler Larry Banks & Friends 2016 Unverified
i October 30, 2017
i December 16, 2017
i Arkansas Traveler Wes Westmoreland 2017 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Dave Bourne 2017 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler / All Hail the Power The Bontrager Family Singers 2017 Unverified
i Arcand-saw Traveler / Arkansas Travelers Joe Newberry & April Verch 2017 Unverified
i Improvisations on Arkansas Traveler Scroggins & Rose 2017 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler N.A. Fiddlers 2017 Unverified
i January 2, 2018
i Arkansas Traveler / Doctor Doctor Katy Adelson 2018 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler Harry Glenshaw 2018 Unverified
i The Arkansaw Traveler Billie "Banjo" Buchanan & His Dixie Band 2018 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Howard Naughton, Linda Cabe & Chad Ritchie 2019 Unverified
i Arkansas Traveler Stagerobbers Bluegrass Band 2998 Unverified