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X:1 T:Smoke above the Clouds C:Jess Moore N:The tune is Moore's version of his mentor Jess Young's N:"Smoke behind the Clouds" M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:Jess Moore - "Possum up a Gum Stump" (1988) D:Flying Jenny - "I ain't gonna grieve my mind anymore" (2012) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G "*"ef|g2 ga ged2|efga gfed|gge2 B2G2 |F2d6| a2aa agff|a^gab afd2|efge dcBA|[G2B2][G4B4]zg-| g2g2d2gg|gfga ggd2|gge2 B2G2|F2-d2d2f2| a2^g-a-aa f2| a^gab afd2|efge dcBA|[G2B2][G4B4]|| _B2-|=B2B2 BcBA|[G3B3][GA][G2B2]d2-|dedB AG3|F-d3 d2B2| c3c cBAB|cBcd edef|gage dcBA|G2G4:| P:Substituions "*"g-|g[d2g2]g (e[dg])gg|([de]g)ga ged2|gded BG3|(F[F3d3])d2f2||



SMOKE ABOVE THE CLOUDS. AKA and see "Smoke behind the Clouds." “Smoke over the Clouds.” American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. “Smoke above the Clouds” is Alabama fiddler Jess Moore’s version of his mentor Jess Young’s “Smoke behind the Clouds.” It is "A popular piece from the Chattanooga/Georgia border area" (Kerry Blech). See also the related "Walking in My Sleep."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Jess Moore (1911-2006, Henegar, Alabama) [Phillips]. Moore had his own farm on Sand Mountain. According to researcher and musician Joyce Cauthen, "...he started the first radio station in Fort Payne after he returned from World War II. He began fiddling when he was a teenager and often won the important DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention, held at the county courthouse. His first paying gig was on a “Flying Jenny,” a portable mule-powered carnival ride that also started the career of the Louvin Brothers"[1]

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), 1994; p. 225.

Recorded sources: -Brierfield Ironworks Park Production, Jess Moore – “Possum up a Gum Stump” (1988. Various artists. Moore recorded the tune in 1987.). Whoop It Up 202, Flying Jenny – “I Ain’t Gonna Grieve My Mind Anymore.”

See also listing at:
Hear the Flying Jenny's recording at youtube.com [1]


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  1. "Final Notes, Jess Moore", The Old-Time Herald, 2006.