Tie-Hacker Hoedown (1)

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X:1 T:Tie-Hacker No. 1 N:From the playing of Nile Wilson (1912-2008, Linn County, north-central Mo.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Fast" D:MSOTFO 202, Nile Wilson - "Tie Hacker Hoe-Down" (1989) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/tiehacker-tune-1-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C G2-|GcAG c2c2|+slide+[e4e4][e2e2]G2-|GcAG c2 e2|dcAG cdcA| GcAG c2c2|+slide+[e4e4][e2e2]eg-|agef gede|c3d c2:| a2-|:agef g2ag|ea2b a2g2|agef gedg|ec2d c2eg| agef g2ag|ea2b a2g2|agef gedg|ec2d c2:|]



TIE-HACKER HOEDOWN [1], THE. American, Reel (cut time). USA, north-central Missouri. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). Howard Marshall explains that a "tie-hacker" was an itinerant worker who cut ties from the north Missouri forest for the railroads in the late 1800's, following the Civil War. They were often Irish or Scots-Irish who lived in camps in the white oak woods, and some of their music was preserved in the playing of the Wilson family of Linn County, north-central Missouri.[1]


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Old Time Herald, vol. 11, No. 6, 2008; p. 38.

Recorded sources : - MSOTFA 202, Nile Wilson (Linn County, Mo.) - "Tie Hacker Hoe-Down" (1995). Rounder 0391, Nile Wilson - "Old Time Music on the Air, vol. 2" (1996). Voyager VRCD 344, Howard Marshall & John Williams – “Fiddling Missouri” (1999. Learned from Nile Wilson of Bucklin, Mo.).




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  1. For extended information on tie-hackers and the Wilson family, see Howard Marshall, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, 2012, pp. 210-212.