I’ve chosen Pretty Little Widow for this installment of TOTW. North Georgia fiddler Clayton McMichen (1900 – 1970) learned the tune from his father around 1913. McMichen joined the popular Skillet Lickers band in 1925 and recorded Pretty Little Widow with that group on October 23, 1928.
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Thanks, Mtngoat and Jan-Olov. It was fun to learn about Pretty Little Widow. I've been wanting to know more about Clayton McMichen who I recall Bill Monroe describing as someone whose music influenced him.
Stringbean's quick, expressive performance was great! He plays energetically, but it doesn't seem difficult to do, with simple noting and slides and clawhammer rhythm.
One thing I've noticed about all the versions is that the instrumental A part uses the "double tonic" or mixolydian mode, but the vocals don't and resemble the B part. It's the A part that's the catchy aspect of the tune. Another thing is that sometimes the A and B parts are played more than twice.