Audio Recording Sweet Sunny South
Sweet Sunny South
About this Item
- Sweet Sunny South
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Airs
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Key: A
- - Strains: 1 (8)
- - Rendition: 1-1
- - Phrase Structure: ABCD (abcdcbef)
- - Compass: 7
- - Related Tune(s): Hicks's Farewell
- - "Sweet Sunny South" is a sentimental song about the South that seems to have struck the right chord with Southerners, for it has turned up often in the repertory of traditional singers in the twentieth century. Perhaps what made it compelling is the combination of the sentiments and the beautiful old folktune through which they are expressed. The tune is akin to the older "Hicks's Farewell" tune that appears in nineteenth-century shape-note hymnals. For twentieth-century sets, see Sharp, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, vol. 2, 262 (#186 "The Sunny South"), vol. 2, 142-143 (#122 "Hicks's Farewell"). A well-known hillbilly recording of the song and tune from the 1920s is by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, reissued on County 505.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's great. No, you didn't play that.
- - Recording chronology: 084
- - Duration: 42 seconds
- Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A14
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
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Chicago citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Sweet Sunny South. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000154/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Sweet Sunny South. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000154/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Sweet Sunny South. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000154/>.