Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Jabbour, Alan
Jabbour, Karen Singer
Reed, Henry
Dates 1966
Location Giles County
Glen Lyn
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Appalachian Region
Breakdowns
Ethnography
Fiddle Tunes
Field Recordings
Folk Music
Instrumental Music
Music
Reels
Title
The Route
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Compass: 11
-  Rendition: 1-2-1-2-1-2-1
-  Phrase Structure: ABAB QRQS (abcd abcd qrsd qrtd)
-  "The Route" has a well-established history in Virginia, having appeared in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839) under the title "Colonel Crocket: A Virginia Reel." It seems not to be known in the North or the British Isles, but it turns up here and there in areas affected by westward migration from Virginia, such as "Jenny on the Railroad" by the Carter Brothers and Son (Vocalion 5297), from Mississippi, and Hamblen, A Collection of Violin Tunes Popular During the Early 1800's, p. 39, "The Jolly Blacksmith (She wouldn't come at all)," from Texas by way of Indiana but ultimately from family tradition in Lee County, Virginia. Another West Virginia set is Burl Hammons's "The Route," in The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66), which includes additional citations.This fiddle tune is associated with some vulgar jingles. It is of a form that appears occasionally in Henry Reed's repertory, where the strains seem to be half the usual length but are often varied on repetition (compare, for example, his "Paddy on the Turnpike"). Henry Reed played "The Route" twice in his usual fashion, learned from an old man in Monroe County, West Virginia, and once (AFS 13033b30) in a manner he described as like his uncle's version of the tune. Comparison of the two is interesting, for it reveals how conscious he was of the principle and practice of variation in tradition.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's a good tune./HENRY REED: Yeah./ALAN JABBOUR: Now what's that named?/HENRY REED: Well, they call that "The Route." I don't rea--"The Route" is all I . . . .
-  Recording chronology: 037
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B29
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13033b29


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