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X:1 T:Step around Johnny S:Sam Taylor (Alabama) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D (A|:d2)dd B2d2 |BAFE D3A|dddd B2d2|ef2f- fefe| d2dd B2d2 |BAFE D3(D|E2) EE F2E2|D4D4:| |:(EF3) (E F3)|FGFE D2D2|G2 [GB]B G2 [GB]B| A2 (3FGE D2D2| EF3) (E F3)|FGFE D3(D|E2) EE F2E2|D4D4:|

STEP AROUND JOHNNY. American, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Fiddler Selmer Joe "Sam" Taylor was born in 1929 in Oneonta, Blount County, northern Alabama, about forty miles north of Birmingham. He died in 2017 in nearby Blountsville. His family was musical, with his grandfather and uncle both playing the fiddle, although Sam himself gravitated to the mandolin and guitar. In the 1940's he formed a musical group called the Hamilton Mountain Boys band. The Korean War marked with end of the band when several of the members served, including Taylor, and on his return he worked for the State as a highway supervisor and farmed, and enjoyed playing with old-time and bluegrass music companions from surrounding community.

According to liner notes from the Red Mountain White Trash album Taylor learned the tune from his maternal grandfather, Jim Allen. Taylor's aunt calls the same tune the 'Jones Piece.'

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 150. Silberberg (Complete Fiddle Tunes I Either Did or Did Not Learn at Tractor Tavern), 2005; p. 186. Susan Songer with Clyde Curley (Portland Collection vol. 3), 2015; p. 202.

Recorded sources : - Red Mountain White Trash - "Chickens Don’t Roost Too High" (1999).

See also listing at :
Hear source Sam Taylor's field recording by Jim and Joyce Cauthen at Slippery Hill [1]
See another standard notation transcription at [2]

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