Jaybird in a High Oak Tree
X:1 T:Jaybird in a High Oak Tree N:From the playing of Kentucky fiddler Perry Riley (1893-1986), recorded N:in the field in 1973 by Mark Wilson. M:C| L:1/8 N:AEae tuning N:In the first strain the descending 'g' notes were played by Riley in between the N:'g' sharp and 'g' natural intonation. Ascending 'g' notes were sharped. The 'g' notes N:in the second strain are sharp. D:Rounder Records 0376, Perry Riley - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, vol. 1: Up the Ohio and Lickng Rivers" (1997) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/jaybird-high-oak-tree Z:Andrew Kuntz K:A (3ef^g|a2a2=g2e2|fe=gf e2e2|a2a2 =gefg|a2 aa a2 (3ef^g| a2a2=g2e2|fe=gf e2cB|A2c2 efed |[M:3/2]cABA A3A A2:| |:[A,2E32]((3ABc [e2e2])eg|fedf edcB|A2c2 [ce][ce][ce]d |cABA G[A,3E3]| [A,2E2]A-c +slide+[e2e2]eg|fedf edcB|A2c2 [ce][cf][ce]d|cABA +slide+[A3A3]A [A2A2]:|
There weren’t hardly any other fiddlers around when I was growing up, only Perry Riley and he’d just come through every once in a while. He’s my second cousin on my mother’s side. He worked in West Virginia and Arkansas a lot and he’d go away and nobody would even know whether he was dead or alive. Once when I was a boy, it was fifteen years before we ever saw him again.
- Mark Wilson. Liner notes to Rounder Select CD 0376, "Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers", 1997.