Discerning bluegrass guitar flatpickers will immediately recognize both Jim Hurst and Tim Stafford as national treasures. Their musicality makes up for an awful lot of mindless deedling coming from many others. Jim wrote the tune Stafford’s Stomp in honor of Tim, and he has Tim playing a break on it. The tune shows off both Jim’s Jerry Reed-esque hotness sensibility and also lends itself to Tim’s cool rolling style. To use Jim’s phrase, these two guys just “wear it out.”
I dig this tune so hard that I had to transcribe the whole thing and study what these two acoustic guitar greats were up to. The first three breaks I transcribed were Hurst - Stafford - Hurst from the version on Jim’s CD Second Son. The fourth through sixth breaks are Hurst - Stafford - Hurst from the DVD Hurst, Stafford, Sutton Live in Nashville. If you have any interest in this kind of music, I would buy both of those items right away, and I would have an ambulance standing by for when you watch the DVD, since adding Bryan Sutton to the whole show is almost inhuman.
I have included an exported MIDI of the tab below. It sounds better than when the tab is played directly in TablEdit, but still nowhere near how the actual tune sounds on guitar. Also, I have tabbed it at a slightly slower tempo than those two beasts actually play it.
Play MIDI of the tab
Download: Stafford’s Stomp tab here (Note: If you have not downloaded this tab since 8/1/05, you do not have the latest, greatest, updatedest version)
(in TablEdit Format, which you can download a free viewer for)