Pipe Creek 5/39

May 3, 1939 to May 4, 1939
Pipe Creek, Bandera County, Texas, United States
From Ruby T. Lomax's field notes: "The fiddle tunes and breakdowns on this record were played and sung by Elmo Newcomer, in his ranch home on the San Antonio-Bandera Road, near Pipe Creek, Texas, Bandera Co., May 3, 1939 Mr. Newcomer was introduced to Mr. Lomax by J. Marvin Hunter, editor of Frontier Times and Director of the Frontier Times Museum in Bandera, Texas. Mr. Newcomer and his family of wife and four children live in a very old two-room house, where Mr. Newcomer lived from the age of two, and where his mother died when he was four. He has 'always' played these tunes and is a favorite caller at dances. [RTL writes elsewhere that he had the 'reputation of being the best dance caller in the county.] His Rye Whiskey with antics is a general favorite at fiddle contests. Mrs. Newcomer is a member of the school trustees of Pipe Creek. His greeting to Mr. Lomax was 'Shake, boy. I've heared about you all my life. Me an' a neighbor boy was both left to live alone with our fathers. We read in a paper when we was about fourteen years old, that you was sellin a book of cowboy songs. So we scraped our savings together an' sent em to you an' sure 'nough here come the book. Here, Clyde, bring me that cowboy song book. Can you reach it? (It's put away up high where the baby can't reach to get to it). We read it and sung from it so much and loaned it out so much that it's might nigh tore up.' There was the book of cowboy songs, no two pages hanging together, but apparently all there between the covers, one of the 1910 edition.... The next night, while his wife attended a Pipe Creek school trustees meeting he and the children came to the Lomax tourist cabin, where C. W. Saathoff, fiddler, and J. O. Evans, guitarist, played for his calls, using the tune WAGNER [sic]. His Rye Whiskey, known in some parts as Drunken Hiccups, is famous in the 'Hill Country' of Texas. His son, Bill Newcomer, later sent additional dance calls used by his father. On the afternoon of May 4 Mr. Saathoff and Mr. Evans recorded their rendition of the Fox and Hounds, with Charles Eckhardt blowing the horn and calling the dogs; using an old-fashioned cow-horn which he had polished himself and had used on his ranch for many years. He recorded other ranch calls made with this horn. These men are all Hill Country ranchmen (sheep). Mr. Eckhardt is a skilful tanner, leather-tooler, hunter, fisherman. When he visited the Lomaxes' cabin he was wearing his 'new' buckskin shirt, which he had shot, dressed, treated and sewed himself, and which he had been wearing five years. He has a complete Indian outfit which he made by the same process. At Bandera County celebrations he assists the director, Mr. Hunter, by exhibiting his treasures and shooting arrows and otherwise 'playin' Injun'."

Cotton-Eyed Joe


Recording announcement

Turkey In the Straw

The Old Grey Mare

Black-Eyed Suzie

Unfortunate Puppy

Rye Whiskey

Recording announcement

Fox and Hounds (#2)

Eeph Caught A Rabbit

Wagoner (with calls) (#1)

Wagoner (with calls) (#2) (part 1)

Wagoner (with calls) (#2) (part 2)

Calling the animals

Fox and Hounds (#3)

Fox and Hounds (#1)

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