Bill Cheatham (or Cheatum) is an undeniably southern fiddle tune. Any attempt to trace its provenance has turned up little other than the tune was a popular contest tune from the turn of the century onward. It is a jam standard and a common showcase tune for fast improvising. The B part really makes you work and prove your proficiency with the faster chord changes. This arrangement has some fun double stops but other than that the melody is as pure as it comes. Perfect for the beginning picker!
(Beginning guitar tabs include a clear simple version of the melody as well as chord markings above. My tabs at this level are intended to be affordable, to the point, and no nonsense. Perfect for the beginner that wants a straightforward version of a classic melody or the intermediate to advanced player that wants to learn a melody but embellish it themselves. Some fiddle tunes are difficult enough that a beginning or even intermediate version is unavailable.)