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PIG ANKLE BLUES. Old-Time, Blues. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’B. A slower version of “Pig Ankle Rag (1).” Source Curbow was from Blue Eye, Missouri, on the Arkansas/Missouri line, and may have learned the tune from another local fiddler, John Boyd. Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out that various versions of the “Pig Ankle” tune probably were circulating in the Ozarks and other parts of the Midwest for many years, and cites the 78 RPM recording by Gus Cannon and His Cannon’s Jug Stompers (Memphis, Tenn.) in 1928, under the title “Pig Ankle Strut”.

Source for notated version: Ray Burbow (b. 1936, Ridgedale, Mo., near the Arkansas border) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 179.

Recorded sources: Rounder CD 0436, Ray Curbow (et al) – “Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. II.” Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Ray Curbow (et al) – “The Art of Traditional Fiddle” (2001).




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