Audio Recording Greasy String

About this Item

Title
Greasy String
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (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
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: G
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-2)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-2r-1r-tag
-  Phrase Structure: ABA'C QC (abcd a'bef qb'ef)
-  Stylistic features: Syncopated.
-  Recording chronology: 107
-  Related Tune(s): Dinah
-  Related Tune(s): Liza Jane
-  Duration: 1 minute, 49 seconds
-  "Greasy String" is known by that title in versions scattered across southwestern Virginia and West Virginia. But under other titles the tune has turned up across an even wider swath of the country, from Virginia to Texas and Missouri. Some typical multiple versions are in Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 122 "Seneca Square Dance," p. 62 "Old Raccoon," p. 7 "Running from the Federals," and p. 101 "Hell among the Yearlin's"; Adam, Old Time Fiddlers' Favorite Barn Dance Tunes #14, "Raccoon's Tail"; Thede, The Fiddle Book, p. 127 "Coon Dog" (or "Raccoon's Tail"), p. 136 "Heel Flies" (or "Rock Along John to Kansas"); Ruth, Pioneer Western Folk Tunes, p. 7 "Get Away from the Federals, or Fall of Paris"; "Shoot the Turkey Buzzard," played by J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers (King 819). It is but a small step to a yet wider circle of related tunes, such as the "Liza Jane" of Southern Piedmont, minstrel stage, and jazz band circulation, or another tune in Henry Reed's repertory, set in the key of A, that he called "Dinah." In short, the tune is cut of a cloth so common in the Upper South, and in musical domains touched by the influence of the Upper South, that it could be described as a paradigmatic Southern tune, appearing in so many related versions, allied forms, and modified guises that it almost defies genetic tracing.
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B07
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13703b07
Online Format
audio

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Greasy String. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000176/. (Accessed June 23, 2017.)

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Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1967) Greasy String. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000176/.

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Greasy String. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000176/>.