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X:1 T:Pine Top [2] N:From the playing of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, fiddler N:Walter McNew (1912-1998), recorded by Steve Green, summer 1992. N:McNew had the tune from his father, John McNew, and his N:associate, "Uncle" Garrett Bow. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/5312 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G g>a|b2b2a2ga|bage dBGE|D-EFF BFAF|G2 Bc dABA| B2b2a2 ga|bage dBGE|(DE)FF BFAF|G[GB]AF G2:| |:DD|E2ed BBed|B2 eB dBGE|D-EFF BFAF|G2 B-c dD-ED| E2ed BBed|B2 eB dBGE|D-EFF cBAA|GB-AF G2:|]



PINE TOP [2]. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Perhaps a version of the “Flop Eared Mule (1)” tune family, which it somewhat resembles in the first strain, although source Walter McNew [1] (1912-1998) played both tunes and distinguished them from one another. Jeff Titon (2001) records that McNew learned the tune from his father, an amateur fiddler who was good enough to compete in fiddle contests. The elder McNew probably had it from Uncle Garret Bow, from whom he learned several tunes.
Walter McNew



Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Walter McNew (Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Ky., 1990) [Titon].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 125, p. 152.

Recorded sources: -Berea College Appalachian Center AC005, Walter McNew – “Black Jack Grove” (1993).

See also listing at:
Hear Steve Green's 1991 field recording of McNew playing the tune at the Digital Library of Appalachia [2] and Berea Sound Archives [3]
Hear Jeff Titon's 1990 field recording of McNew at Slippery Hill [4][5]



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