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JIMMY JOHNSON. American, Reel (cut time). USA; Virginia, West Virginia. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Jimmy Johnson" is a common West Virginia tune, and elsewhere, under different titles. It was in the repertory of W.Va. fiddlers Melvin Wine (1909-2003) and Ernie Carpenter (1909-1997, who learned it from his father Shelt Carpenter).
Glen Smith
Melvin Wine

It was said to have been Wine's favorite tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Glen Smith (Galax, Va.) [Phillips] {who said he learned the tune from Johnny Johnson}; Melvin Wine (W.Va.) [Milliner & Koken]; Ward Jarvis [Milliner & Koken].

Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; pp. 337-339 (two versions). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Music, vol. 1), 1994; p. 125.

Recorded sources : - Augusta Heritage Records 003, Ernie Carpenter – "Elk River Blues: Traditional Tunes From Braxton County, W.Va." Augusta Heritage 021, Melvin Wine - "Hannah at the Springhouse" (1989). Field Recorders Collective FRC-204, "Ernie Carpenter" (2015). Field Recorders Collective FRC 402, "Ward Jarvis" (2004. Originally recorded 1977). Marimac AHS #2, Melvin Wine – "Hannah at the Springhouse." Marimac AHS #3, Glen Smith – "Say Old Man" (1990). Rounder 1504/1505, Burl Hammons – "The Hammons Family: The Traditions of a West Virginia Family and Their Friends" (featuring Maggie Hammons Parker beating straws to Burl's fiddling).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Ward Jarvis playing the tune at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear Ernie Carpenter's 1987 Brandywine performance at Slippery Hill [3]
Hear Ernie Carpenter & Gerald Milnes' 1985 recording at Berea Digital Content [4]
Hear Melvin Wine's 1989 recording at Slippery Hill [5]
See the clip of Lester McCumbers playing the tune in 2006 [6]
See a clip of Melvin Wine and Gerald Milnes playing the tune in 1989 at Berea Sound Archives [7]



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