Greenback Dollar (2)

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X:1 T:Greenback Dollar [2] N:From the playing of the Weems String Band, Perry County, Tenn.; Dick N:and Frank Weems on fiddles, Jesse Weems on cello and brother-in-law N:Alvin Conder on banjo and vocals. N:For a variation on the 'B' part the fiddler goes into third position, for high notes. M:C| L:1/8 D:Columbia Records 15300-D (78 RPM) , Weems String Band (1928. D:Recorded Dec. 9, 1927, in Memphis, Tenn.) D:County CD 3511, "Rural String Bands of Tennessee County" (1997) D:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW1kB8BuO3c D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/greenback-dollar Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C ef|gage gagf|edcd efed|cAGc AcGF |EDC2C2:| |:EG|cdcA c2c2|cdcA c2cA |cdcA GcAG|EDCC C2:|



GREENBACK DOLLAR [2]. American, Song and Reel (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded in Memphis, Tenn., in December, 1927, by the family band The Weems String Band, withDick and Frank Weems on fiddles, Jesse Weems on cello and brother-in-law Alvin Conder on banjo and vocals for their only recording session (2 sides). When the group played around their home territory of Perry and counties, western Tennessee, they included two other musicians for a sextet. As the story goes, Columbia did not want to record the instrumentals the group came prepared with, but instead wanted them to add vocals, to make the recording more marketable. Dick and Frank Weems went back to the hotel and added lyrics to two of their instrumentals, which the band recorded the next day.


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Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 269.

Recorded sources : - Columbia 15300-D (78 RPM), Weems String Band (1928. Recorded Dec., 1927). County CD 3511, "Rural String Bands of Tennessee County" (1997). Folkways FA 2492, New Lost City Ramblers - "String Band Instrumentals" (1964. Learned from the Weems String Band recording).

See also listing at :
Hear the Weems String Band's 1928 recording at youtube.com [1] and Slippery Hill [[2]].



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