N:John Salyer (1882-1952, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky.),
N:from a 1941/42 home recording by his sons Glen & Grover.
D:Berea College Appalachian Ctr. AC 003, John M. Salyer -
D:"Home Recordings 1941-1942" (1993)
N:AEae tuning (fiddle)
Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz
[A,2E2]a2 g2[d2g2]|efed cAB^G|[A,2E2]a2 gedg| ecB^G A2A2|
[A,2E2]a2 g2[d2g2]|efed cAB^G|[A,2E2]a2 gedg| ecB^G A2A2||
|:[A,2E2]eg fedf|edcA B<cB^G |[A,2E2]eg fedf|ecB^G A2A2|
[A,2E2]eg fedf|edcA B<cB^G |[A,2E2]eg fedf|ecB^G A2A2:|
FEATHER BED. AKA - "Featherbed." American, Reel. USA; Magoffin County, Ky. A Mixolydian ('A' part) & A Major ('B' part). ADae or AEae tuning (fiddle). AAB (Titon): AABB (Milliner & Koken). In the repertoire of John Salyer (1882-1952), Magoffin County, Ky., whose sons, Grover and Glen, made a home recording of him in the early 1940's. Gene Winnans mentions that a black banjo player, Gus Cannon, who worked medicine shows between 1914 and 1929, learned a tune called "Feather Bed" in "strumming style" from "Old Man Saul" Russell, who played for his own amusement around his house. Jeff Titon (2001) remarks that, as far as he knows, Salyer is the sole source for the Kentucky fiddle tune.