Little Boy Working on the Road (2)

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LITTLE BOY WORKING ON THE ROAD [2]. American, Reel (cut time). USA, East Kentucky. A Major/Mixolydian. AEae tuning (fiddle). AA'B. Words sung to the melody, according to Razor Wolfenbarger (see Rounder 0394) of Estil County, Ky., went:

Little boy, little boy, working on the road,
Working for a dollar to pay his board.

Effie Pierson


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Effie_Pierson (1902-1981, Green Hall, Owsley County, Ky., 1979) [Titon]. She played the banjo and other instruments as well as the fiddle, and for several years played fiddle on WLAP out of Lexington with her daughters as part of Asa Martin's Round-Up Gang, and made personal appearances at various venues in the listening area [1].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 93B, p. 122.



See also listing at :
Hear John Harrod's 1979 field recording of Effie Pierson playing the tune at Berea Sound Archives [1], Slippery Hill [2] and at the Digital Library of Appalachia [3]



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  1. See Anna Roberts-Gevalt's article on Effie Pierson in The Old Time Herald, vol. 12, No. 5, 2010.