The Red Headed Fiddlers recorded Bill Cheatham as Cheat `Em at an October 27, 1929, session in Dallas.

Bill Cheatham remains a standard in old-time and bluegrass repertoires. There are several recordings under various spellings listed in Tony Russell’s comprehensive discography:

  • Bill Cheatam: Blind Joe Mangum/ Fred Shriber
  • Bill Cheatham: Arthur Smith
  • Bill Cheatum: The Light Crust Doughboys
  • Cheat `Em: The Red Headed Fiddlers, The Allen Brothers

The Red Headed Fiddlers play a tune that’s very similar to the versions played by modern musicians, though modern musicians often favor straight arpeggios at the start of the phrases in the B strain.

Bill Cheatham

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