Audio Recordings Hell up Cole Holler

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Gene
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Guitar Music
Instrumental Music
Ragtime Music
Hell up Cole Holler
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Reed, Gene, 1929-2012 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ragtime music
-  Guitar music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: C
-  Compass: 18
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Performed by Gene Reed, guitar.
-  Strains: 3 (high-low-middle, 4-4-4)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-3r-1r-2r-3r-1r
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC A'RA'C (abcd abef qq'rr' qq'r'f abrr' sbr'f)
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: What's the name of that?/HENRY REED: "Hell up Cole Holler."/ALAN JABBOUR: What?/HENRY REED: "Hell up Cole Holler."/GENE REED: "Hell up Cole Holler."
-  Recording chronology: 113
-  Duration: 1 minute, 52 seconds
-  "Hell up Cole Holler" is a local favorite of the last generation in Monroe County and environs. Ross Miller of Monroe County played a similar tune called "Devil up a Stump," which was recorded by the Hollow Rock String Band (Kanawha 311). The tune may have wider ramifications, but none can be shown here. It is of a type that sounds like a breakdown, but also has a touch of the country rag in it, underscored by its choice of the key of C and its alternations between (implied) tonic and dominant chords. A fragment of this tune appears again on AFS 13705b14, followed by a full performance of "Fiddler's Drunk and the Fun's All Over."
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B13
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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