This is an online fiddle lesson for the Buddy Spicher fiddle breaks on George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning."
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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing the country song "Amarillo by Morning." I mention Gene Elders, who plays these breaks in live concerts, but the recording features Buddy Spicher.
"Amarillo by Morning" is a country music song written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser, and recorded by Stafford in 1973. Several cover versions have since been made, including a major 1983 hit for George Strait. The fiddle player on George Strait's recording was Buddy Spicher.
Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.
Amarillo by Morning Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone. Everything that I've got is just what I've got on. When that sun is high in that Texas sky I'll be bucking at the county fair. Amarillo by morning, Amarillo I'll be there. They took my saddle in Houston, broke my leg in Santa Fe. Lost my wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way. Well I'll be looking for eight when they pull that gate, And I'm hoping that judge ain't blind. Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's on my mind. Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone. Everything that I've got is just what I've got on. I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free. Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be. Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be.