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X:1 T:Going to Jail N:From the playing of fiddler Tom Whitmer (b. 1886), a member of the Muhlenberg N:County, western Kentucky-based Ted Gossett String Band. Whitmer also N:recorded under his own name. M:C| L:1/8 R:Country Rag D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/going-jail Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G e^de_B- =BA E2|e^de_B- =BA E2|DFAa- ae^cA|A^cea- ag-ge-| f2d2 cdeg|fd-dc- cA_B=B|G2[GB][GB]- [GB][GB]-[GA]G|[G2B2][G2B2][G2B2]DE-| E2EF GFGD-|EDEG- G2^G2|AFAa- age^c|e^cea- a2ge-| f2d2 cdeg|fd-dc- cdef|ge-ed- d_B-=B2|G4G4|| +slide+b2 b2-bbba|babc'- c'b-bg|a2a2- agag| abag e3[A=f]-| [A2^f2][A2f2]-[Af]efe|ab-ba- aged|[B2g2][B2g2]- [Bg]def|gegd - dcBA| B+slide+b-b+slide+b- b+slide+b-ba|babc'- c'b-bg|a2a2- agag| abag e3[A=f]-| [A2^f2][A2f2]-[Af]efe|ab-ba- aged|ge-ed- d_B-=B2|G3G- G2||



GOING TO JAIL. American, Country Rag (cut time). USA, Kentucky. G Major (Brody, Phillips): C Major (New Lost City Ramblers). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Brody): AA'BB' (Phillips). A ragtime fiddle piece composed around the E, A, D, G chord turn, attributed to Kentucky fiddler Ted Gossett (1904-1990, Muhlenberg County, Ky.). It was one of six sides Gossett's band recorded for Gennett Records in September, 1930, and fiddler Tom Whitmer (b. 1886) replaced Gossett for this number. Confusingly, Tom Whitmer's Band also recorded three sides for Gennett on the same day, featuring fiddler Whitmer playing with the same personnel as Gossett's band -- Enos Gossett (gtr.), Pete Woods (banjo) and Earl Nossinger (gtr.). "Going to Jail," credited to the group's pseudonym 'Buddy Young's Kentuckians' on the record label, was issued only on the poorly distributed Gennett subsidiary, Superior Records. The New Lost City Rambler's version is modeled after the version played by Tennesse's Fiddlin' Arthur Smith.


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Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 122. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 54.

Recorded sources : - County 531, Ted Gosset's Band (Muhlenberg County, Ky.) - "Old Time String Band Classics: 1927-1933" (1975. "Ted Gossett played fiddle on most of the band's performances, but is replaced on this classic country ragtime tune by Tommy Whitmer."). Folkways FA 2492, New Lost City Ramblers- "String Band Instrumentals" (1964). Superior 2519 (78 RPM), Buddy Young's Kentuckians (The group name was an alias for Ted Gossett's band, from western Kentucky). Yazoo 2200, Tom Whitmer (Ted Gosset's Band) - "Kentucky Mountain Music vol. 3" (2003. Originally recorded 1930).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Tom Whitmer's recording at Slippery Hill [2]



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