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MONEY IN BOTH POCKETS [3]. Old-Time; Reel. USA, north Georgia. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AABBCC.

Charlie Bowman

Old-Time versions of "Money in Both Pockets" are sourced to a February, 1929, recording by East Tennessee fiddler Charlie Bowman [1] (1889-1962) and His Brothers, called "Moonshiner and His Money", which was Columbia Records first entree into recording early country music. "Moonshiner and His Money" was a skit with music, along the lines of the Skillet Licker's successful similar recordings. There were two tunes played in between banter, "Money in Both Pockets" and "Boys My Money's All Gone (1)."

Source for notated version: fiddler Liz Slade (Yorktown, New York) [Kuntz].

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Columbia 15387-D, Charlie Bowman and His Brothers (1929, label title "Moonshiner and His Money”, a comedy routine consisting of two fiddle tunes “Money in Both Pockets” and “Boys, My Money's All Gone"). County 507, Charlie Bowman - "Old-Time Fiddle Classics." Enigma (7) ‎– E-145 (45 RPM), The Horseflies "Money in Both Pockets/Oh Death" (1983). Homespun VD-HOP-PF01, The Freight Hoppers - "Live at the Bearsville Barn." Marimac 9059, Chirps Smith - "Midwestern Harvest" (1994). Jake Krack and Doug Van Gundy - "Two Far Gone."

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear Lisa Alcott & Terry Dignon play the tune at Grooveshark [3]

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