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CATLETTSBURG. American, Reel (cut time). USA, eastern Ky. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. There are Catlettsburgs in Ohio and Kentucky, although the title probably honors a small river town near Ashland town at the confluence of the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers. It was named for an early pioneering family, Alexander and Horatio Catlett, who settled the area at the end of the 18th century. The town was also early known as Mouth of Sandy and Big Sandy Landing. "Catlettsbury" is one of several tunes regionally influential fiddler Ed Haley named for places he played, perhaps (as his son Lawrence suggested) because people there liked that particular tune. Haley also lived in the Catlettsburg-Ashland area of Boyd County, KY, from at least 1920 until his death in 1951 [Brandon Kirk].
- Blog: Brandon Ray Kirk, "In Search of Ed Haley 10"