Saturday, February 22, 2014


“[T]he one and only Eck Robertson . . . [a] giant figure in the music was from Texas and made the first real recordings of rural fiddle music in 1922—his Sally Gooden . . . still stands today as perhaps the greatest single performance by a fiddle player—ever! It is unmatched for its combination of pure power, technical brilliance and highly creative variations. . . . Worth noting is that Robertson’s masterpiece . . . is heard here for the first time at its correct speed (76.5 revolutions per minute). . . . It’s amazing that Robertson’s performance is so powerful that it seems just as fast at the slower more accurate speed. . . .” Richard Nevins, from the notes to Times Ain’t Like They Used to Be – Vol. 6 (Yazoo 2064, 2002)

A. C. (Eck) Robertson • Sallie Gooden • 1922

Photo: Eck Robertson, from the booklet to Times Ain’t Like They Used to Be – Vol. 6 (Yazoo 2064, 2002)


  1. Great photo! Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys did a swingin' version called Sally Goodin' for Tiffany Transcriptions. I posted it a while back - did you get it?

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    1. Hey there! thanks for the comment. I don't think I've heard the Wills Tiffany version. But I bet it's good . . . is it Bob on fiddle or someone else?