Betty Baker (3)
X:1 T:Betty Baker  S:Melvin Wine (W.Va.) M:C| L:1/8 N:GDad tuning D:Melvin Wine - Hannah at the Springhouse (1989) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/betty-baker-1 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G +slide+[d3d3][dd] [d3d3]||+slide+[dd]-|[d2d2][dd][de]d2B2|dddB A2G2|Bdde d2BA|GAAG EG3| B-[d3d3][d2d2] BA|dedB A2G2|B-[d3d3][d2d2]BA|GBAG EG3|| [G3B3]B- AD-GA|BGAG EG3|[G3B3]B- AD-GA|BGAG EG3| [G3B3]B- AD-GA|BdBG AG2A|B[dd][dd][de] [d2d2]]BA|GBAG EG3||
BETTY BAKER . American, Reel (cut time). G Major. GDad tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune has been called a 'West Virginia standard' but versions also were played in east Kentucky. This version of the tune is from Copen, Braxton County, central W.Va., fiddler Melvin Wine  (1909-2003), and it was in the repertoire of Ernie Carpenter (related to, not closely, French Carpenter), who learned the reel from legendary fiddler Uncle Jack McElwain (1856-1938) of Webster County, W.Va. Wine learned the tune from Tom Allen  a member of a musical family from around Napier, Braxton County (for which see "Betty Baker (3)"). Gerry Milnes (Play of a Fiddle, 1999) says at least six members of the family were fiddlers, although all have since died. .
See also Kentucky fiddler Manon Campbell's tune of the same name, "Betty Baker (1)," a distanced but related version, but generally similar (allowing for considerable individual variation) to other Kentucky versions such as those of Hiram Stamper ("Pretty Betty Baker"--his "Indian Nation"  is a also a version of "Betty Baker (1)"), Clyde Davenport and Ed Haley.
- Gerry Milnes, "Play of a Fiddle", 1999, p. 34.