Callin’ Baton Rouge

This is an online fiddle lesson for "Callin' Baton Rouge" as played by Sam Bush.
This lesson is by special request for my friend Shirley.

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Genre: Bluegrass, Country
Skill Level: Advanced
Keys of E and D

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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the fiddle tune "Callin' Baton Rouge."

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"Callin' Baton Rouge" is the title of a country music song written by Dennis Linde. It was originally recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys on their 1978 album Room Service, and was later covered by New Grass Revival on their 1989 album Friday Night in America, and more famously by Garth Brooks on his 1993 album In Pieces. Brooks' rendition, the fifth single from the album, reached a peak of number two on the U.S. country singles charts in 1994.

source: wikipedia

Callin' Baton Rouge
E

C#m          B                      A               E
I spent last night in the arms of a girl from Louisiana
B                         E          A                       B
And though I'm out on the highway my thoughts are still with her
C#m             B               A           E
Such a strange combination of a woman and a child 
B                   E             A                 B
Such a strange situation stoppin 'every twenty miles 
              E
Callin' Baton Rouge

A replay of  events last night rolls through my mind 
Except a scene or two erased by sweet red wine 
And I see a truck stop sign ahead so I change lanes 
I need a cup of coffee and a couple dollars change 
Callin' Baton Rouge 

E
Operator, won't you put on through
I gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge
Hurry up, won't you put her on the line
I gotta talk to the girl just one more time

SOLO

E            B          C#m                B
Hello, Samantha dear, I hope you're feelin fine
E               B              C#m              B
And it won't be long until I'm with you all the time, but until  
A                  E              E               A 
Then I'll spend my money up right down to my last dime
  B          E   
Callin Baton Rouge

 

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    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for “Callin’ Baton Rouge” as played by Sam Bush. It is the entire song, including the awesome second verse backup and ending. This lesson is by special request for my friend Shirley.

    Callin’ Baton Rouge

    #36651

    Annie B
    Member

    Hi John,

    I was glad to see a full version of “Callin’ Baton Rouge” on your site!  Do you have a sheet music transcription in the Key of D?  I need it to play a wedding here in Louisiana.  Thanks!

    #36747

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi Annie, I have added the tablature / sheet music for the key of D.

    #60833

    chazworm
    Participant

    I woke up last night after having a strange nightmare I was caught in a scheme embezzling money from the original Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin KY in the guise as their bluegrass house band.

    I knew my dumb band mates would never catch on but the KFCs CPAs caught me after only two shows.

    One of the songs we played was this one which scared me at first because I’m just a bass player and tenor vocalist. I’ve only been playing fiddle since another bad dream I had last November. This song is way beyond me but I think I figured it out rather true. Mind you it was 2:30am and I was covered in sweat.

    I felt the signature line started on the 3rd of the chord. G# for NGR’s version. I was also stunned to find that Garth’s version appeared to be in D (as opposed to E of NGR). I always felt his version was far inferior to NGR and about a 5th lower.

    Did I do good bluegrass daddy??

    #60834

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Chaz, you done good.

    I agree — NGR’s version is better than the Garth Brooks version. John Cowan (another bass player / tenor singer — coincidence?) sang high harmony to Garth’s lead. The entire NGR band plus Jerry Douglas joined Garth in the studio for the song. Sam Bush played fiddle on both versions, but the Garth Brooks version just didn’t have the magic that of the old NGR original.

    OK keep practicing but no more spicy food after 8:00 PM.

    #60835
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
    Participant

    This is a great fun tune John very nice , Dating back to 2014 Thanks Shirley better late congrats than never ! Ha

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