X:1 T:Green River S:Osey Helton (1879-1942, Cherokee County, N.C.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Broadway 5123 (78 RPM), Osey Helton (1924) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/green-river Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G AGE|DEGB AG[GB]G|DEGA BABd|ed/d/ [d2g2] gagd| e2d2B2G2|AGGE DEGB|[M:2/4]AG A/G/E |[M:C|]G2[G_B]-[G=B]- [GB]:|| gbag egde|[M:5/4]ga b6zg-|[M:C|]g3a ba (b/a/g) |egde gedB|AB G2[G,4D4]| gbag egde|[M:5/4]ga b6zg-|[M:C|]g3a ba (b/a/g) |egde gedB|[M:3/4]AB G2|| g2-|[M:C|]gagd e2d2|B2G2 AGEG|DEGB AGEG|BABd ed/d/ [d2g2]| gagd e2d2|B2G2 AGGE|DEGB AG A/G/E|(G2[G2B2])- [GB]||
GREEN RIVER. American, Reel (cut/irregular time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The reel was commercially recorded by fiddler Osey (pronounced "Ozzie") Helton (1879-1942) for Broadway Records in 1924. Osey and his brother Ernest Helton were part Cherokee and lived in Cherokee County, western North Carolina. Osey died in Jackson County during the World War II years, while Ernest went west to work in a shipyard in Portland, Oregon, although he died in Baltimore, Md., in 1979. Eighteen years after Osey recorded his 78 RPM record "Green River" was captured by folklorist Artus Moser on a field recording trip to western North Carolina for the Library of Congress. He recorded a number of tunes in Swannanoa from fiddler Marcus Martin (1881-1974), who was originally from Macon County, N.C.). Martin and the Helton brothers knew each other and occasionally played together, and they (along with Bill Hensley) were influence by an older fiddler, J.D. Harris (b. 1868) who had moved to the are from Flag Point, Tennessee.
The Green River begins in the Blue Ridge mountains and flows through the forested Blue Ridge escarpment south of Asheville, into the Piedmont. Much of its water comes from its confluence with the Big Hungry Creek, and the Green River itself is a tributary of the Broad River. The river does appear green in color (except after a heavy rain, when it is brown).