Lee Highway Blues
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LEE HIGHWAY BLUES. AKA and see "Going Down the Lee Highway," "Lee Highway Ramble," "New Lee Highway Blues," "Opry Fiddler's Blues," "Talkin' Fiddle Blues." American, Reel. USA. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A string-band favorite and a fiddler's showcase tune that is often attributed to North Carolina/Tennessee fiddler G.B. Grayson, who recorded it in the late 1920's.
However, according to Bob Fulcher [liner notes to Roane County Ramblers, Complete Recordings 1928-1929, 2004 P. 7] it is a a derivative version of "Down Home Blues", composed and recorded by James ("Uncle Jimmy" or "Fiddlin' Jim") McCarroll with the Roane County Ramblers. Championing Grayson's claim, Roy Parker states this tune was composed by the fiddler in the back of guitarist Henry Whitter's Model T Ford as it chugged down US 11 (Lee Highway) on the way to their Memphis recording session.
U.S. Route 11, created in 1926, goes from Montreal southwest to Louisiana, going through western Virginia and east Kentucky along its route.