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X:1 T:Bill Brown N:John Salyer (1882-1952, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky.), N:from home recordings made in 1941/42 by his sons. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEac# tuning (fiddle) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/bill-brown D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/4292 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A (B|c)BAA A,2E2|EFAE +slide+[c4c4]|cBAA A,2E2|EFAB [A3c3](B| c)BAA A,2E2|EFAE +slide+[c2c2][c2c2]|cBAA A,2E2|EFAB [A3c3]:|| [e3e3]([ce] [e2e2])(fe)|ceef (ec)([Bc][Ac])|[e3e3][ce] [ee][ce][cf][ce]|cAcB {B}([cc][Bc])[A2c2]:|



BILL BROWN. American, Reel (cut time). USA; Magoffin County, Ky. A Major. AEac# tuning (fiddle). AABB. An irregular tune (the 'A' part has eight repeated measures, the 'B' part four repeated measures) in repertoire of Kentucky fiddler John Salyer (Salyersville, Magoffin County). It was named for the fiddler who played the tune. Jeff Titon (2001) suggests it might have been named after William H. "Bill" Brown, who was executed by hanging for the murder of Irish peddler Morris Hagerty in Morgan County, Ky., in 1855. Bruce Greene likened the tune to "Sugar in the Gourd," according to Bruce Molsky.
John Salyer


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - a home recording of John Salyer, 1941 or 1942, by his sons, Grover and Glen [Titon].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 8, p. 39.

Recorded sources: - Berea College Appalachian Center AC003, "John Salyer: Home Recordings 1941-1942" (1993). Rounder 0361, Bruce Molsky - "Lost Boy" (1996).

See also listing at:
Hear John Salyer's c. 1941 home recording at Slippery Hill [1] and Berea Sound Archives [2]



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