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SAM AND ELZIE. AKA – “Sam and Elsie,” "Wilson's Tune." AKA and see “Crooked Road (2).” Bluegrass, Old-Time; Reel (whole or cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune has origins (as far as can be ascertained) in southern Illinois, although popularized on the West Coast by the Canote Brothers and fiddler Vivian Williams. Vivian obtained the tune from banjoist Harley Bray and from Harley's older brother Wilson. Wilson got it from their father, old-time square dance fiddler Monte Monroe Bray, who used to hear it at dances around Oscaloosa, south-central Illinois, in the late 1920's. Sam and Elzie were a father and son fiddle/guitar duo who played for square dances in the region, and there were song words to go with the melody. A version called "Crooked Road (2)" can be found in the volume Dear Old Illinois (No. 51), played by Stelle Elam (Brownstown, Illinois, about 30 miles northwest of Oscaloosa.)

Stuart Williams notes that source Harley Bray was a member of the 1950's and 60's bluegrass band Red Cravens and the Bray Brothers, a young band who played the Midwest, often with fiddler John Hartford. The band was a regular on radio station WHOH of Clinton, Illinois, and at festivals such as Bean Blossom (Indiana).


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Vivian Williams, via Greg Canote (Seattle) [Silberberg]; Harley Bray and Vivian Williams [Williams].

Printed sources : - Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 139. Stuart Williams/MOTFA (The Evergreen Fiddler, vol. II), 2006; pp. 3-4.

Recorded sources : - Voyager Records VRCD 359, Phil & Vivian Williams - "Bluegrass Hoedown: Williams & Bray" (2003). Velocipede - "Hunt the Squirrel" (2015). The Canote Brothers - "Fiddletune Favorites" (2005).

See also listing at :
See another standard notation version by John Lamancusa [1]
Hear Phil & Vivian Williams recording on youtube.com [2]
See banjo tab at Taterjoes.com [3]



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