Where'd You Get Your Whiskey? (1)

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X:1 T:Where'd You Get Your Whisky? N:From the playing of fiddler Enos Canoy (1909-1970, born and died in N:Magee, Simpson County, central Mississippi), recorded by Herbert N:Halpert for the Library of Congress. Enos's son Tim and daughter N:Lola (on mandolin & guitar, respectively) accompanied him. N:Enos had the tune from his uncle, Love Kennedy, and Robert Runnels. N:On the 1939 recording another local musician, Jim Myers, beats the straws. M:C| R:Reel Q:"Fast" N:AEac# tuning (fiddle) D:Library of Congress AFS 03058 A02, Enos Canoy (1939) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/whered-you-get-your-whiskey-0 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A J[A2c2][A2c2] {B}[A3c3]A|B2A2-A2Jc2-|cBcA B3A|F6 [GA]-| [A2A2][A2A2]{A}[A3c3]A|B2- A2-A2c2-|cBcA E2F2|[A3A3][AA][A2A2]:| c2-|c(BcA) F3E-|F2F2-F2A2-|A(BcA) F3E-|F2F2-F2c2-| c(BcA) E3E|E2E2-EJc]|c2 A2 c2B2|A6|| P:variation [A2c2]-|[Ac]BcB cABA|B2 A2-A2 c2-|cBcA B2BA|[F3A3][FA][F2A2][GA]-| [A2A2][A2A2]{A}[A3c3]A|B2- A2-A2c2-|cB3 E2F2|[A3A3]||

WHERE'D YOU GET YOUR WHISKEY? [1]. American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). USA; Mississippi. A Major. AEac# tuning (fiddle). AB. "Where'd You Get Your Whiskey? (1)", a variant of "Rockingham Cindy" and was recorded for the Library of Congress in 1939 by Herbert Halpert from the playing of the Simpson County, Mississippi, Enos Canoy Band, a family band featuring fiddler Enos Canoy (1909-1970). On this cut another local musician, Jim Myers, beats the straws as Canoy plays. A composite tune, Harry Bolick (2015) identifies the first strain of the tune as a cognate of the "Liza Jane" tune family (c.f. Vocalion 14846, Uncle Am Stuart, "Old Liza Jane"), while the second strain is cognate with the "Cindy (1)" (c.f. Columbia 15232, Puckett & McMichen) tune family.

Canoy sang a version of the words usually sung to the first strain of the tune:

Where'd you get your whiskey?
Where'd you get your dram?
Stole it from a bootlegger,
Way down on bootleg town.

And, to the second strain:

Got a little home to go to,
Got a little home to go to,
Got a little home to go to,
Way down that jailhouse now.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - According to the 1939 recordist notes, Enos Canoy learned the tune from another musician raised in Simpson County, Robert Runnels.

Printed sources : - Bolick (Mississippi Fiddle Tunes), 2015; p. 247.

Recorded sources : - Document DOCD-8071, Enos Canoy - "Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s" (2015. Various artists). Library of Congress AFS 03058 A02, Enos Canoy (1939).

See also listing at :
Hear Enos Canoy's 1939 field recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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