Scolding Wife (8)

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X:1 T:Scolding Wife [8] N:from the playing of Burrell Reed (originally from southwest N:Oklahoma), recorded in Oklahoma City, 1973, by Chris Delaney. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:AEac# tuning (fiddle) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/scolding-wife-4 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A AB|cecB AFEC|EFAA (Ac2)e(B|c)ecB AFEC|1EFAB A2 AB|2 EFAB A2(cA)|| c2[e2e2][e2e2]f2|ce2e e2e|c2e2 fefe|cBcB A2cB| ce3 f2e2|ce2(f e2)fe|ce2e f2e2|cBcB A2||



SCOLDING WIFE [8]. American, Reel (cut time). A Major. AEac# or AEae tuning (fiddle). AA'B. This "Scolding Wife" tune, unrelated to other old-time or Texas-style tunes with that title, was in the repertoire of Burrell Reed, a fiddler originally from southwest Oklahoma. He was recorded in October, 1973, by Chris Delaney (tapes housed at Library of Congress, AFC 1973/026: AFS 112,991). A "Scolding Wife" tune, quite possibly this one, was recorded in Dallas, Texas, in 1929, by the Thomasson Brothers[1], for OKeh records, although it appears the side was never issued.


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  1. Jim and Benny Thomasson. Charles Wolfe believed they were the father and uncle of famed Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson.
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