Audio Recordings Cripple Creek
Jabbour, Karen Singer
- Cripple Creek
- 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, July 17, 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
- - Key: A
- - Compass: 11
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Rendition: 1-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r
- - Phrase Structure: ABA'C QC' (abac a'bde qrde)
- - Spoken: [before tune]/ALAN JABBOUR: Well, now I know a tune that I've heard you play, but I never bothered to--never got around to recording it; that's "Cripple Creek." Maybe you . . . ./HENRY REED: [Laughs]. Nettie used to dance that when I played it./NETTIE REE
- - Recording chronology: 162
- - Duration: 2 minutes, 55 seconds
- - "Cripple Creek" is so widespread in the twentieth century that it seems as if it must be very old, and its occurrence as a song, in play-parties, and in dance music reinforces the sense of antiquity and ubiquity. In addition to the original distribution of the tune, bluegrass banjo versions in the last half of the twentieth century have recycled it to new audiences. But the tune may not be so old. There was a gold strike in Cripple Creek, Colorado, in the 1890s, and since there seem to be no versions of the song or tune antedating the gold strike, it is reasonable to presume that it inspired the song. Henry Reed's story of first hearing it from a Texan in the coal country along Tug Fork, where he and his brother were working around 1900, fits neatly with the presumption that the song and tune arrived around then from further west.
- Audio tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B10
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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