Going down to Leven Point to get a Load of Corn
X:1 T:Going down to Leven Point to get a Load of Corn N:From the playing of fiddler Mulkey Kent (1907-1974, Evening Shade, N:Sharp County, Arkansas). Known as the “Dean of Old-Time N:Fiddlers,” Joseph Mulkey Kent won 31 first prizes for his fiddling, N:including the 1927 Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. Recorded N:in 1959 by John Quincy Wolf (Lyon College). N:Drone liberally. I think Kent is in GDad tuning. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/kentgoing1253.mp3 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G [G,2G2] G([GB] A)GEG|GGEG[G,4D4] | GAB[GB]- [G2B2]BA|GBAG G2G2| [G,2G2] G([GB] A)GEG|GGEG [G,4D4]|GAB[GB]- [G2B2]BA|GBAG G2G2-:| |:GAB[GB]- [G2B2]GA|(B[d3d3]) [d4d4]|edef edBB|GBAF G2[G,2G2]| GAB[GB]- [G2B2]GA|(B[d2d2])[dd] [d2d2][d2d2]|efgd e-gdc|BGAF G2[G,2G2]:|
GOING DOWN TO LEVEN POINT TO GET A LOAD OF CORN. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. GDad tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Going down to Levin Point to get a Load of Corn" was in the repertory of Batesville (on the White River), Independence County, Arkansas, fiddler Joseph Mulkey Kent (1907-1974), who was known as the “Dean of Old-Time Fiddlers" in the state. Kent won 31 first prizes for his fiddling, including the 1927 Arkansas State Fiddle Championship. He was recorded in the field in 1959 by folklorist John Quincy Wolf of Lyon College.
The title refers to the Eleven Point River, a spring-fed 138-mile long river that rises in the southern Missouri Ozarks and flows south, through northern Arkansas, to join the Spring River. The Mississippi Valley French word pointe denotes a wooded point of land marking a river bend. Voyageurs marked distance by counting these points of land or river bends.