This must be the oldest original fiddle tune that I still play. A hand draw tab was published in The Florida Fiddler newsletter a long time ago.
This update is only a little different. I don’t think I had Georgia bow in the B part, as in this version.
A special observation is the use of a high fourth finger in the B part. That stretches all the way up to an F natural. You notice the slide up and down indications, too. It’s a moaning kind of sound. Very bluesy.
One occasion when I got to observe Vassar Clements was when he was promoting his new album at a record store. He was mainly holding his fiddle and chatting with fans, when suddenly Mike Marshall breezed into the store, pulled out his fiddle and got into a hot twin fiddle version of Old Joe Clark with Vassar.
I was astounded, both by the virtuosity displayed, and by the unrehearsed excellence of the performance. It was a clear clue for me of the high musical potential of fiddling.
In my book, 43 Fiddle Tunes in Tab, I have a beginner version of this tune. This chart is a little more advanced, and more typical of how you hear it played.