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LIBERTY [2]. AKA and see "Liberty Off the Corn Liquor Still." American, Reel (cut or whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Sometimes called "Old Liberty" to differentiate it from the well-known tune that also goes by the name of "Liberty (1)". "Liberty (2)" was recorded by north Georgia fiddler Fiddlin' John Carson in 1925. The alternate title "Liberty Off the Corn Liquor Still" comes from the title of a 78-RPM recording of a series of skits by the Georgia group the Skillet Lickers, which is similar to Carson's version. The group recorded some 14 parts of their skit, from 1927-1930, incorporating talking, jokes and snatches of music. They played a G Major tune they called "Liberty" (announced by fiddler Clayton McMichen), and it became known as "Liberty Off the Corn Licker Still" by revival musicians, to differentiate it from the more popular tune by that name.

Carson's own "Raccoon and the Possum (The)" is a similar tune.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - John Ashby (Va.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 141.

Recorded sources : - County 526, "The Skillet Lickers, vol. 2" (1973). County 544, Hershal Brown's Washboard Band- "Georgia Fiddle Bands, vol. 2." Document DOCD 8016, "Fiddlin' John Carson: Complete Works in Chronological Order, vol. 3" (1997).




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