Annotation:Scolding Wife (4)

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X:1 T:Scolding Wife [4] S:J.D. Dillingham (Texas) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Library of Congress, AFS 1935 F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C C2[C2E2]+slide+[e2e3]d|cded cG3|C2[C2E2]+slide+[e3e3]d | cAGE DC3| C2[C2E2]+slide+[e2e3]d|cded c3[de]-|[e2e2]g2aged|cAGE D C3:| g3a gedg|edea gedg|edeg abag|egab aged| (cd)ee e2ed|(cd)ed cG3|[e2e2][Ae]-[ce]- [e2e2]d2|cAGE DC3| g3a gedg|edea gedg|edeg abag|egab a2g2| +slide+c'4g2 ag|eeed c3d|eeg2 aged|cAGE DC3|| |:C3(D E)Gc2|AGcG ABc2|A,B,CE DCG,/A,/B,|DA, B,2DC3| C3(D E)G c2|AGcG A/B/c- cd|[e2e2][ee][ed] [e3e3]d|cAGE D C3:|]

SCOLDING WIFE [4]. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Texas. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BBCC. The Texas tune called "The Scolding Wife" was recorded by the Thomasson Brothers, Jim and Benny (b. 1909), for Okeh Records in Dallas in 1929 (Matrix W402756), but was apparently not released by the company. Music researcher Charles Wolfe (1997) believes were the father and uncle of Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson (credited as being one of the founders of modern contest fiddling), who years later also recorded the reel. Folklorist John Lomax recorded it from the playing of J.D. Dillingham (fiddle), Cox on banjo and Johnson on guitar in October, 1935, in Austin, Texas (AFS 00578 B01). The tune bears resemblance to "Billy in the Lowground (1)."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Kerry Blech (Seattle, Wash.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 216.

Recorded sources: - County CO CD 2742, Benny Thomasson - "Texas Hoedown Revisited" (2006). Library of Congress AFS 00578 B01, J.D. Dilllingham, Cox, Johnson (1935). Spencer & Rains - "The Old Texas Fiddle, vol. II" (2015).

See also listing at:
Hear Benny Thomasson's recording at Slippery Hill [1]
Hear J.D. Dillingham's 1935 LOC recording at Slippery Hill [2]
See another standard notation version at [3]

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