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X:1 T:Cookhouse Joe N:From the playing of Estill Bingham (Bell County, south-eastern Kentucky, N:1899-1990), who learned the tune from his father, Noah. Field recording N:by Bruce Greene, Feb., 1989. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEae tuning (fiddle) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/cookhouse-joe-0 D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/1315 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A +slide+c3c A2A2|BcBA GE3|+slide+c3c A2Ac|BAGE BA3:| a2g2e2cA|BAGA BA3|e-a2g- a2 eg|a2 ba ageg| a2g2e2 cA|BAGA BA3|eaaa a2eg |a2bb ageg| a2g2e2cA|BAGA BA3||



COOKHOUSE JOE. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Similar in parts to the Skillet Licker's "Pretty Little Widow." Jeff Titon (2001) calls this a local Bell County tune, played by no one else except for his source, Estill Bingham.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Estill Bingham (1898-1990, Pineville, Bell County, Ky., 1977), who learned the tune from his father, Noah Bingham [Titon]. Noah was born in 1850 and married Deborah Miracle (b. 1857), but although both were born in Harlan County they were married in 1877 in Middlesboro, Bell County, Ky., where they lived the rest of their lives. Noah died in in 1930, and Deborah in 1932, in Calvin, Bell County. They had thirteen children (including their youngest, Estill); a daughter named America, also married (at age 24) a member of her mother's family, Sampson Miracle of Bell County, thus becoming America Miracle. She too, had thirteen children.

Printed sources : - Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 27, p. 61.

Recorded sources : - Historical Images 36-22 (cassette), Bruce Greene - "Southern Tunes of the Civil War Era" (1991).




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