Wow, 59 days of a fiddle tune every day. That really sounds like a lot. And, I’m almost 20% of the way done. The first time I heard Spider Bit the Baby, I was 11 years old at the Winfield, KS fiddle contest (at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival). If I remember correctly, Billy Ward won the contest, and he played Spider Bit the Baby as his breakdown. I heard Billly play it at other contests, but I didn’t learn it, until I heard it on the Dale Morris Album, Old Time Fiddlin’ New for ’78.
The slide up to an E with the 4th finger kind of gives a sound like a baby howling, which is always fun. I was hoping for lyrics, or something fun but the information is pretty limited.
Spider Bit The Baby according to Fiddler’s Companion
SPIDER BIT THE BABY. Old-Time, Breakdown. C Major. From fiddler Kenny Baker.