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X:1 T:Soapsuds over the Fence [1] N:From the playing of the north Georgia group The Skillet Lickers, as part N:of their recorded skit "Jeremiah Hopkins' Store, Part 2" (1930). The Skillet N:Licker lineup for the session was: Clayton McMichen, Riley Puckett, Gid Tanner, N:Lowe Stokes, Bert Layne, Fate Norris, Oscar Ford & Tom Dorsey M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Quick" D: D: D:Columbia 15598-D (78 RPM), The Skillet Lickers - "Jeremiah Hopkin's Store D:at Sand Mountian, Part 2" (1930). D:Document DOCD 8060, "Skillet Lickers: Complete Recorded Works vol. 5" (2000) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G +slide+[G,2G2]-|[G,G]AGE D2EG|GBgd edBA|GAGE DEGc|BGAG- G2G2-| GAGE D2EG|GBgd edBA|GAGE DEGc|BGAG- G2|| |:g2-|gbad ed B2|abag edef|gagf edBc|dBAG- G2:|

SOAPSUDS OVER THE FENCE [1]. AKA – “Pouring Soapsuds Over the Fence,” “Soap Suds,” “Throw the Soap Suds in the Corner of the Fence.” American, Reel (cut time). USA; widely known. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (Phillips). Both parts of the Blalock/Bryan version are irregular. Tune mentioned in accounts as having been played in a fiddlers' contest in Atlanta, Ga. in 1914, and as having been played by Rock Ridge, Alabama, fiddlers around 1920 (Bailey). The title (as “Pouring Soapsuds over the Fence”) appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. Texas fiddler Captain McKinney recorded the tune in 1929 for Okeh Records, and Georgia fiddlers Lowe Stokes and Clayton McMichen recorded it in 1930.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - James Bryan [Phillips]; Scott Marckx [Silberberg]; Lyman Enloe (1906-1997, Missouri), learned in 1948 from John Journagan (Kansas City) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 31 (appears as “Soap Suds”). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol.1), 1994; p. 227. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 147.

Recorded sources : - Heritage XXXIII, Mose Coffman ‑ "Visits" (1981. Learned from Ed Price of Arden's Cave, West Virginia). Old Homestead OHSC‑145, Skillet Lickers‑‑"A Day at the Country Fair" (appears in skit "Jeremiah Hopkin's Store on Sand Mountain"). Rounder 0175, James Bryan ‑ "Lookout Blues" (1983. Learned from Mack Blalock, Mentone, Alabama). SPBGMA Bluegrass Records SRS-7602, Lyman Enloe – “Rugged Road” (c. 1976).

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Hear The Skillet Lickers 1930 recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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