Prince Albert Hunt Collection

Texas fiddler “Prince” Albert Hunt (real name Archie Albert Hunt) was, like the founder of DrFiddle.com, of mixed Cherokee Indian and Euro-American ancestry. His mother was Cherokee, and original from Alabama. His father was Irish. But Hunt apparently made some bad decisions, and indeed reveled in them, but they eventually led to his untimely demise.

Greil Marcus, writing for Salon.com, described Hunt as “a sometime blackface fiddler who was shot to death at the age of 30 for stealing another man’s wife. He growls through dirty teeth, rolls on the floor, punches his fist through his stovepipe hat, passes out, gets up, falls down, and after every verse kicks up a dance-call with a single down-stroke so fat and sweet you’re ready to hire him to clean up your yard.”

Hunt is sometimes credited as being the father of Western Swing fiddling. I can’t say that I hear any Western Swing in the eight commercial recordings that Hunt made before his untimely murder in 1931. What I do hear is a first-rate old time fiddler with a complete disregard for conventions, including time signatures! Many of his tunes are beyond crooked, almost freeform.

This collection contains transcriptions of all known recordings of Hunt. Anyone who has more is strongly encouraged to contact the Dr. Fiddle team.

8 tunes found in this collection.

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Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Blues in the Bottle Rag C 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Canada Waltz Waltz G 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Houston Slide Rag C 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Katy On Time (Casey Jones) Rag C 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Oklahoma Rag Rag G 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Traveling Man Rag G 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Wake Up Jacob Reel or Breakdown G 2014-02-22 2014-02-22
Waltz of the Rose Waltz G 2014-02-22 2014-02-22