X:1 % T:Rich Mountain S:Bill Shelor M:C| L:1/8 Z:Transcribed from FRC 112 by Andy Kuntz, AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G (3DEF|G2ge de2d|G2 ge dBAF|G2 ge de2d|BGAF G2:| |:(G2|G)ABd e2 (e2|e)f gf edBA|GABd e2 e2|fgaf g2:|]
RICH MOUNTAIN. Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was in the repertory of fiddler Wallace Wolford Spangler, born 1851 in Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, southwest Virginia, brought the tune back with him from Wise County, Va., when he went west to cut cordwood as a young man, according to the account of his son Charles Langhorne "Tump" Spangler (b. 1885) [see Thompson, "Midnight Serenade: J.W. "Babe" Spanler", Old-Time Herald, vol. 10, No. 7]. The elder Spangler was locally renowned as a fiddler and influenced a generation of fiddlers in his region. See the related tunes "Wild Horse" and "Rock Jenny Rock."
Rich Mountain lies in eastern West Virginia (the Appalachian Trail runs along its ridge). The Civil War Battle of Rich Mountain was fought nearby the town of Mabie, Randolph County, W.Va., on July 11, 1861.