Simpson County (2)

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X:1 T:Simpson County [2] N:From the playing of Charlie Kessinger (1883-? , Butler County, southwest Ky.), recorded N:in 1974 in the field by Bruce Greene. Butler learned to play the fiddle and banjo from N:his father, who was born in 1857, when Butler County was still sparsely settled. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Moderately Quick" D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/1104 D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/simpson-county-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G de|d2c2B2c2|d2d4 de|d2c2B2G2|c2E2-E2 (E/F/E|D2)D2A2B-A| G2 G2-G2:||: E2|G2G2 AGAB |c2E2-E2E2|D2D2A2G2|[G2B2][G2B2]-[G2B2]G2| G2GB AGAB|c2 E2- E2 (E/F/E) |D2D2 A2 BA|G2G2-G4:|



SIMPSON COUNTY [2]. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Simpson County [2]" (no relation to Jim Bowles' "Simpson County (1)") was in the repertoire of elderly fiddler Charlie Kessinger, born in 1883 in Butler County, southwest Kentucky (Simpson County is the second county due south of Butler County). Kessinger was aged 91 when he was recorded in the field by collector Bruce Greene, who had the fortune to be with him one evening only. Kessinger had learned to play fiddle and banjo from his father who was born in 1857, when Butler County was still sparsely settled, but he also learned from several other musicians in the community. His father also learned at least one tune from a man named Alfred Judson "Jud" Daugherty (1863-1942), Charlie outlived them all.


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