Audio Recordings Jawbones [Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel]

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Emmett, Daniel Decatur
Jabbour, Alan
Reed, Henry
Dates 1967
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Jawbones [Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel]
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Emmett, Daniel Decatur, 1815-1904 (Composer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, October 28, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Jawbones."
-  Rendition: 1-2-1-(spoken)-1r-2-(spoken)-1r-2r-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABA'C QRQS (abcd a'b'ef qrqs qrtf)
-  Spoken: [after a few strains]/HENRY REED: Yeah, you've got that on the tape, there./ALAN JABBOUR: No./HENRY REED: Huh?/ALAN JABBOUR: I don't know that I do. What do you call that?/HENRY REED: Well, I don't know./ALAN JABBOUR: No? I thought you were playing someth
-  Recording chronology: 176
-  Related Tune(s): Shoes and Stockings
-  Related Tune(s): Jawbones [Military Schottische]
-  Duration: 2 minutes, 38 seconds
-  Composed by Daniel Emmett, 1853
-  This is one of two different tunes that Henry Reed called "Jawbones." Both are in G, and they have some similarities in melodic phrasing. This one is the tune often called "Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel" or related titles. It had some currency on the nineteenth-century minstrel stage under that title, having been published by Dan Emmett in 1853, and the title connection is maintained in Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 82, where the tune is entitled "T'Other Side of Jordan." Indeed, this set may also maintain a thread of connection, for bones (even jawbones) were often used as a rhythm instrument on the minstrel stage. A recorded set is "Johnson City Rag," played by the Roane County Ramblers on an early hillbilly record (reissued on LP, County 403 and County 507). Henry Reed follows this set with a rendition of "Shoes and Stockings" (AFS 13705a25), which is a tune that has tantalizing melodic similarities with "Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel."
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B24
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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