Appalachian Fiddle Music (Book)
Featuring 43 Fiddlers and 188 of Their Tunes
Appalachian fiddle music, based on the musical traditions of the people who settled in the mountainous regions of the southeastern United States, is widely-known and played throughout North America and parts of Europe because of its complex rhythms, its catchy melodies, and its often-ancient-sounding stylistic qualities. The authors explore the lives and music of 43 of the classic Appalachian fiddlers who were active during the first half of the 20th centur ...more
Product Number:
30091
Format:
Book
Skill Level:
Multiple Levels
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
212
Binding:
Perfect Binding
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN:
1-5134-6637-2
ISBN13:
978-15134-6637-8
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
2/18/2021
Appalachian fiddle music, based on the musical traditions of the people who settled in the mountainous regions of the southeastern United States, is widely-known and played throughout North America and parts of Europe because of its complex rhythms, its catchy melodies, and its often-ancient-sounding stylistic qualities. The authors explore the lives and music of 43 of the classic Appalachian fiddlers who were active during the first half of the 20th century. Some of them were recorded commercially in the 1920s, such as Gid Tanner, Fiddlin’ John Carson, and Charlie Bowman. Some were recorded by folklorists from the Library of Congress, such as William Stepp, Emmett Lundy, and Marion Reece. Others were recorded informally by family members and visitors, such as John Salyer, Emma Lee Dickerson, and Manco Sneed. All of them played throughout most of their lives and influenced the growth and stylistic elements of fiddle music in their regions. Each fiddler has been given a chapter with a biography, several tune transcriptions, and tune histories. To show the richness of the music, the authors make a special effort to show the musical elements in detail, but also acknowledge that nothing can take the place of listening. Many of the classic recordings used in this book can be found on the web, allowing you to hear and read the music together.
Preface 
Introduction 
Map 
Georgia 
Fiddlin’ John Carson 
1. Hell Bound for Alabama 
2. Jimmie on the Railroad 
3. Liberty 
4. Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane 
5. Old Frying Pan and the Old Camp Kettle 
A.A. Gray 
1. Bonaparte’s Retreat 
2. Sally Goodin 
3. Streak o’ Lean, Streak o’ Fat 
Earl Johnson 
1. Green Mountain Polka 
2. I Get My Whiskey from Rockingham 
3. Johnnie Get Your Gun 
4. Leather Britches 
5. Mississippi Sawyer 
Clayton McMichen 
1. Broken Down Gambler 
2. Give the Fiddler a Dram 
3. Hell’s Broke Loose in Georgia 
4. Hog Trough Reel 
5. Rocky Pallet 
Lowe Stokes 
1. Citaco 
2. Four Cent Cotton 
3. Katy Did 
4. Swamp Cat Rag 
Gid Tanner 
1. Black Eyed Suzie 
2. Buckin’ Mule 
3. Georgia Railroad 
4. Hen Cackle 
5. On Tanner’s Farm 
Kentucky 
Snake Chapman 
1. Boating Up Sandy 
2. Brushy Fork of John’s Creek 
3. Rock Andy 
4. Little Sally Ann 
5. Pat ‘Em on the Back 
Clyde Davenport 
1. Black Foot 
2. Over the Hill to See Betty Baker 
3. Puncheon Camps 
4. Wild Goose Chase 
5. Zollie’s Retreat 
J.W. Day (Jilson Setters) 
1. Damon’s Winder 
2. No Corn on Tygart 
3. Hell and Scissor 
4. Sweet Susan 
Emma Lee Dickerson 
1. Cross Key 
2. Flannery’s Dream 
3. Little Liza Jane 
4. Susan’s Gone 
5. Texas John 
John Salyer 
1. Hoosier (or Russian Rabbit) 
2. Indian Ate the Woodchuck 
3. Muddy Creek 
4. Pleasures of a Single Life 
5. Rose in the Mountain 
Bill Stepp 
1. Wild Horse 
2. Mud Fence 
3. Bonaparte’s Retreat 
4. Ways of the World 
Luther Strong 
1. Give the Fiddler a Dram 
2. Glory in Meetinghouse 
3. The Last of Callahan 
4. The Last of Sizemore 
5. Hickory Jack 
Buddy Thomas 
1. Kitty Puss 
2. Briarpicker Brown 
3. Sheeps and Hogs Walking Through the Pasture 
4. Billy in the Lowground 
5. Pumpkin Vine 
North Carolina 
Benton Flippen 
1. Breaking Up Christmas 
2. Katy Hill 
3. Sally Ann 
4. Sally in the Turnip Patch 
Bill Hensley 
1. Boogerman 
2. Burke County 
3. Georgia Horseshoe 
4. Scott’s No. 2 
5. Squalin’ Cats 
Tommy Jarrell 
1. Cumberland Gap 
2. Devil in the Strawstack 
3. Flatwoods 
4. Drunken Hiccups 
5. Rockingham Cindy 
Marcus Martin 
1. Lady Hamilton 
2. Cousin Sally Brown 
3. Boatsman 
4. Sourwood Mountain 
5. Sugar in the Gourd 
Marion Reece 
1. Lost Girl 
2. Scolding Wife 
3. Cripple Creek 
4. Cumberland Gap 
5. Jimmy Sutton 
Manco Sneed 
1. Forks of Sandy 
2. Goodbye Girls 
3. Newport Breakdown 
4. Polly Put the Kettle On 
5. Wiley Laws Tune 
Tennessee 
Charlie Bowman 
1 Boys, My Money’s All Gone 
2. East Tennessee Blues 
3. Forked Deer 
4. Hickman Rag 
5. Money in Both Pockets 
Bob Douglas 
1.Choctaw Bill 
2. Jenny in the Cotton Patch 
3. Smoke Behind the Clouds 
4. Monday Morning Blues 
John Dykes 
1. Hook and Line 
2. Ida Red 
3. Red Steer 
4. Tennessee Girls 
G.B. Grayson 
1. Barnyard Serenade 
2. Going Down the Lee Highway 
3. Old Jimmie Sutton 
J.D. Harris 
1. Bucking Mule 
2. Whip the Devil Around the Stump 
3. Grey Eagle 
Osey Helton 
1. Georgia Belle 
2. Green River 
3. Osey Helton’s Schottische 
John Sharp 
1. Molly Put the Kettle On 
2. Sharp’s Hornpipe 
3. Lake Erie 
4. Black Eyed Suzyanna 
5. Three Way Hornpipe 
Allen Sisson 
1. Rocky Road to Dublin 
2. Rymer’s Favorite 
Uncle Am Stuart 
1. George Boker 
2. Old Granny Rattletrap 
3. Grey Eagle 
4. Rye Straw 
5. Waggoner 
Virginia 
Norman Edmonds 
1. Chinquapin Hunting 
2. Lady of the Lake 
3. Old-Time Cotton Eyed Joe 
4. Ship in the Clouds 
5. Train on the Island 
Albert Hash 
1. I Took Her By Her Little Brown Hand 
2. Old Sport 
3. Hangman’s Reel 
4. Arkansas Traveler 
5. Nancy Blevins 
Taylor Kimble 
1. Don’t Drink Nothin’ but Corn 
2. Golden Chain Tree 
3. Green Willis 
4. Rachel 
Emmett Lundy 
1. Belle of Lexington 
2. Evening Star Waltz 
3. Highlander’s Farewell 
4. Julie Ann Johnson 
5. Piney Woods Gal 
Fiddlin’ Powers 
1. Callahan’s Reel 
2. Flop-Eared Mule 
3. Patty on the Turnpike 
Henry Reed 
1. Folding Down the Sheets 
2. New Castle, or Texas 
3. Rocky Mountain Goat 
4. Santa Anna’s Retreat 
5. Billy in the Low Land 
“Babe” Spangler(s) 
1. Midnight Serenade 
2. Patrick County Blues 
3. Susanna Gal 
4. Tommy Love 
West Virginia 
French Carpenter 
1. Shelvin’ Rock 
2. Camp Chase 
3. Elzic’s Farewell 
4. Yew Piney Mountain 
5. Old Christmas Morning 
Ed Haley 
1. Brushy Run 
2. Cherry River Rag 
3. Lost Indian 
4. Ida Red 
5. Old Sledge 
Edden Hammons 
1. Falls of Richmond 
2. Fine Times at Our House 
3. Sandy Boys 
4. Sugar in the Gourd 
5. Washington’s March 
6. Waynesboro 
Clark Kessinger 
1. Old Jake Gillie 
2. Sally Johnson 
3. Sixteen Days in Georgia 
4. Tug Boat 
5. Whistling Rufus 
Sarah Singleton 
1. Hell Among the Yearlings 
2. Old Skedadalink 
3. Soldier’s Joy 
Melvin Wine 
1. Cold Frosty Morning 
2. Hannah at the Springhouse 
3. Walk Chalk Chicken 
4. Jimmy Johnson 
5. Waiting for the Boatman 
Characteristics of the Tunes 
Sources Referenced 
Alphabetical Tune Index 
Alternate/Referenced Tune Index
 
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