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PINEYWOODS GAL. American, Reel (cut time). USA; southwestern Va., western N.C., Tennessee, Alabama. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. The tune has been traced to seminal Galax, Virginia, fiddler Green Leonard via Emmett Lundy (b. 1864) via Luther Davis, successive generations of Grayson County, Va., fiddlers. A tune by this name was commonly played by Rock Ridge, Alabama, fiddlers in the 1920's (Bailey). See also related tune "Steamboat around the Bend." According to different accounts, Mt. Airy, North Carolina, fiddler Tommy Jarrell learned the tune in Nashville, Tennessee , or, he learned it in the 1920's when he played in a band with Frank Jenkins and Bryce Goodson (liner notes to Folkways FTS 31109 by Eric Davidson & Ellen Victoria). He noted the similarity of the tune to "Katy Hill (3)/Katie Hill" (which he thought was derived from "Piney Woods Gal") and "Sally Johnson" (which he thought was derived from "Katie Hill"): "There's three tunes played just about like that, right there" (from a 1982 interview with Peter Anick). Alan Lomax interviewed Bob Carpenter, Charlie Higgins and Wade Ward in Galax, Virginia, in 1959 . Higgins said it was "One of the first ones I ever heard", and that "Old Eck Dunford, back then, he could tell 'em just exactly who made that and where at. He met a girl back in the piney woods somewhere." Lomax promts: 'There sounds like a story behind that', but no further explanation is forthcoming from the informants.
Galax fiddler Emmett Lundy recorded the tune in New York City in May, 1925, accompanied by E.V. Stoneman on harmonica.