“Cripple Creek” is an Appalachian folk song that was recorded by several early country musicians in the 1920s. Since that time, it has become a standard among bluegrass musicians. The song is commonly played on the fiddle and it is often one of the first songs a new banjo player learns. The exact origin of “Cripple Creek” is unknown. Some believe the song refers to Cripple Creek, Virginia, while others believe it’s written about Cripple Creek, Colorado during the gold rush in the late 1800s.
This song is usually played in the key of G on guitar or you can play it in A by placing your Capo on the 2nd fret and using key of G chords. A common version of the rhythm guitar part is tabbed out below.