I first heard Blue Eagle Hornpipe on an Orville Burns Jam Session recording that I got from a friend. I remember Bill Jones and Matt Wyatt to figure out the names of some of the tunes I didn’t know by playing them over the phone. This was one of them.
I also have a recording of this tune being played by Jimmy Don Bates and Matt Hartz. I don’t know who is playing fiddle and who is playing guitar, but it really rocks! Those guys were having a serious good time jamming together, which is one of the best things about fiddling. It gives you an instant connection to people you don’t know. I love my fiddle friends! 🙂
BLUE EAGLE. Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Texas. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. A regional Texas tune not well known in other parts of the South. Sources for notated versiosn: Lewis Franklin (Texas) [Phillips]; Gary Lee Moore (Seattle) [Silberberg]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), 1994; pg. 30. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; pg. 13. County 707, Lewis Franklin ‑ “Texas Fiddle Favorites.”