Natchez Under the Hill (2)

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X:1 T:Natchez Under the Hill [2] M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Breakdown B:Ford - Traditional Music in America (1940) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D|G/GG/ E/D/B,/C/|D/DE/ DG/A/|B/BB/ d/B/A/G/|B/AB/ AB/A/| G/GG/ E/D/B,/C/|D/DE/ DG/A/|B/dd/ d/B/A/G/|B/GA/ G:| |:A|B/dd/ d/B/A/G/|B/dd/ d/B/A/G/|c/ef/ e/d/c/B/|c/ef/ ed/e/| g/a/g/e/ dB/c/|d/e/d/B/ AG/A/|B/B/A/G/ ED/D/|E/GA/ G:|]



NATCHEZ UNDER THE HILL [2]. American, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Natchez under the Hill [2]" is closely related to Knauff's seminal "Natchez Under the Hill (1)," albeit it has more of the character of "Turkey in the Straw. Fiddler Lon Jordan (c. 1876-?), of Farmington, Ozarks region, Arkansas, played the tune on a 1941 field recording by collector Vance Randolf. Jordan introduces the recording: "It sounds a lot like 'Turkey in the Straw', but still, there's a difference." The tune was widespread, although more common in parts of the Midwest than in the upland South (although not unknown there, c.f. Emmett Lundy's version). Jordan's version is cognate with the "Turkey in the Straw"-resembling versions, although other Midwest fiddlers played very different, unrelated, tunes with the "Natchez" title.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 1998; p. 17. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 56.

Recorded sources : - Library of Congress AFS 04944 A03, Emmett Lundy (1941). Musical Traditions MTCD 517, Emmett Lundy - "Oh, Listen Today..." (2019, various artists).

See also listing at :
Hear Glen Lyn, Virginia, fiddler Henry Reed's version (recorded by Alan Jabbour) at American Memory [1]
Hear Galax, Va., fiddler Emmett Lundy's 1941 recording at Slippery Hill [2] (played in a medley, following "Susanna Girl").
Hear Arkansas fiddler Lon Jordan's 1941 field recording by Vance Randolf at Slippery Hill [3]



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