I must say I am not aware of a tune by such a name.
I see in the web search that The Grayson Highland Strings played
it at Fiddlers Grove and it is on the 75th anniversary recording
for Fiddlers Grove and that a couple other bands played something
by this title. It is not part of the Crooks' recorded output, at
least under that title. I would guess that it was something someone
heard them play on the Opry and made up the tune title themselves.
I'd love to hear the melody so I can determine if it is one of
their known recorded tunes, where someone didn't catch the name,
or perhaps it is known under another name in Middle Tennessee.
Remember that the Crook Brothers, with varying personnel, played
on the Grand Ole Opry well into the "modern" era, at least the 1970s,
and possibly the '80s. I remember reading a newspaper item about when
they stopped playing on the Opry, so it wasn't that long ago. Time
is all relative, I know...
Post by Peter Budd
Can anyone help with the origins of Crook Brothers Breakdown?
Dave Proctor taught this tune at last weekend's Gainsborough Festival,
and we are curious to know where and when it comes from. With the low
part going to B minor it has a somewhat modern sound to our ears, but
the name suggests something rather older. The only recorded source we
know of is from Trevor and Travis Stuart.