Annotation:Granny Will Your Dog Bite? (5)

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X:1 T:Granny will Your Dog Bite? [5] T:Jake Gillie N:From the playing of fiddler Banks McNeil with the Floyd N:County Ramblers M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:Victor 23759 (78 RPM), Floyd County Ramblers (1930) D:Juneberry CD-4004, Floyd County Ramblers - "Classics of Old Time D:County Music, vo. 4." D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D (fg|a)fbf a2f2|abaf e2 fg|afbf a2f2|afed d2:| |:ef-|f2d2 ecdf| gfed d2fg|afaf d2B2|(=cBA)F D2:|

GRANNY WILL YOUR DOG BITE? [5]. AKA and see "Jake Gillie/Jake Gilly." D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded by the Floyd County (Va.) Ramblers in 1930 and was known to the band as "Jake Gillie/Jake Gilly", states Tom Carter (1975), although the record company released it under the erroneous "Granny...Dog Bite" title. The Floyd County Ramblers, were a group of neighbors from the Check/Bent Mountain community of Floyd County, southwestern Virginia, whose members included Banks McNeil (f.), Sam McNeil (bj.), J.W. Boone (gtr.) and Walter Boone (har.). They wrote a ballad, "The Murder of Freeda Bolt," about a notorious Bent Mountain killing in December, 1929, which they played over Roanoke radio station WDBJ and which caught the attention of Victor Records scouts. Victor approached the band to secure rights to the song, but they resisted, upon which the record company offered to record them but only if they travelled to New York at their own expense. In August, 1930, the four began traveling north, only to be involved in a car wreck. Fiddler Banks McNeil suffered a fractured pelvis and stayed ten days in the hospital. As the band's funds were dwindling away, McNeil managed to convince the doctors at the hospital to release him long enough to visit the recording studio. Their six-side session was to be their only one before the Depression constricted the industry [1].

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Recorded sources : - Juneberry CD-4004, Floyd County Ramblers - "Classics of Old Time County Music, vo. 4." Timely Tunes C-1561 (78 RPM), Virginia Ramblers (1931. A pseudonym for the Floyd County Ramblers). Victor 23759 (78 RPM), Floyd County Ramblers (1930).

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  1. Liner notes to "Virginia Traditions", Blue Ridge Institute BRI 004, 1981.