Wagon Tire Tightener
X:1 T:Wagon Tire Tightener N:From the playing of fiddler Glen Smith (1923-2001), from a 1973 field recording by N:Kevin Delaney. Smith was originally from Woodlawn, Virginia, but moved as an adult N:to the Elizabeth, W.Va., area in middle age to work in the timber industry. M:C| L:1/8 D:Marimac AHS 3, Glen Smith - "Say Old May" (1989) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/wagon-tire-tightener Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G DEGG [GA]-[G2B2]B |BAGG BGAG |EFGG [GA]-[G2B2]d| BGAF G2G2| DEG2 [GA]-[G2B2]B |BAGG BGAG |EFGG [GA]-[G2B2]d| BGAF G2|| |:ef|gfef gfef|gfe^c d2ef|gfef gfed|BdAF G2 ef| gfef gfef|gfe^c d2ef|ggba gfed|BdAF G2:||
- We'd go to places, gatherin's, have a good time, all play music, people'd all go home,
everybody'd be satisfied, friendly....I recollect you'd go to a party, and they'd bring it (whiskey) in a bucket with a dipper in it, set it on a table. People'd come in with their music--banjo and fiddle--that was mostly all they ad in that day and time. I never seen a guitar till I was up about twelve years old, I reckon. Just a fiddle and banjo was all we had and you could take a drink of whiskey. A man could go and tend business and you never did see nobody drunk. Nobody was drunk at all. And when te thing was all over with, they'd dance, everybody'd go peaceable...go home; never have no disturbance at all in them days wenn I was a small boy.
See Ivan M. Tribe's book The Stonemans: An Appalachian Family and the Music that Shaped Their Lives ().
There are several patents issued for differnt schemes for tightening the rims of wagon wheels ('wagon tire tightener'), dating to the second half of the 19th century.