Clinch Mountain Backstep

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CLINCH MOUNTAIN BACKSTEP. Old-Time, Breakdown. G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed and recorded by banjo player Ralph Stanley in clawhammer style in the 1930's. The 'backstep' of the title refers to the measure of 2/4 added to a 4/4 bar in the second strain. Clinch Mountain is actually a mountain range of some 150 miles, straddling Tennessee and Virginia in the Appalachians.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Fretless/Alcazar Records, Sandy Bradley - "Potluck and Dance Tonight." King/Gusto Records, The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin - "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1980. Source: Tracy Schwartz, who calls it "Liza Jane").

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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