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GRUB SPRINGS [1]. Old-Time, Breakdown. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (Phillips). This is perhaps the Alabama fiddler Charlie Stripling's version, from a 1952 AFS recording made by Ray Browne. Stripling played the tune in standard tuning (Kerry Blech says it "sort of vacillates between the A tonal center and the D tonal center"). Grub Springs Branch is the name of a stream in Monroe County, northeast Mississippi, near the town of Caledonia.

Source for notated version: Alan Block (New Hampshire) [Phillips]; Stephanie Prausnitz [Silberberg].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; p. 107. Rankin, 1985; Notes to "Great Big Yam Potatoes: Anglo American Fiddle Music from Mississippi." Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 57.

Recorded sources: County 2730, Rafe Stefanini - "Glory on the Big String." Library of Congress LP L-2. Living Folk LFR-104, Alan Block - "Alive and Well and Fiddling." Rounder CD1518, Various Performers - "American Fiddle Tunes" (1971).




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