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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 03/13/2020 Wolf Creek


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mjt0229 - Posted - 03/13/2020:  08:46:00


The tune of the week for March 13th is a midwestern tune called Wolf Creek. I heard it first (like I do a lot of tunes) on Cameron DeWhitt's "Get Up In The Cool" podcast, in an episode from October 9th of last year featuring the fiddler Laurel Premo. That particular episode is one of my very favorites and the whole thing is worth a listen, as well as Laurel's album "The Iron Trios" which came out just a few days later.



Cameron and Laurel's "Wolf Creek" rendition starts at about 25:13 into the podcast. If you try to play along, I think Laurel and Cameron may be tuned low - it should be a G tune, I think, but they're possibly as low as E? (Earlier in the podcast, Laurel describes carrying around a low-tuned fiddle and they play a really lovely rendition of Luther Strong's Glory in the Meetinghouse, another of my favorites.)





Laurel attributes to tune to Harvey Taylor. There's a video on YouTube of Harvey Taylor playing the tune here:



youtube.com/watch?v=ImyocNLv008



I gather that the tune was popularized somewhat by the Indian Creek Delta Boys, featuring Gary Harrison. They have an album that includes the tune, which is also available on YouTube here:



youtube.com/watch?v=u_ycYd7kjTg



There's also a recording on Slippery Hill of a tune called "Wolf Creek" played by Roy Bennett, it's collected by Bruce Greene. I'm not certain that it's the same tune, however:



slippery-hill.com/recording/wolf-creek



I don't know much history about the tune beyond what I've posted here. I look forward to learning more from all of you!

mjt0229 - Posted - 03/13/2020:  08:47:37


Here's a direct link to "Wolf Creek" in the podcast:

getupinthecool.fireside.fm/163?t=1516

That also bypasses the embedded iframe with the HTML5 player...

RG - Posted - 03/13/2020:  12:38:49


That video of Pappy playing was awesome!!! Great tune and choice!

JanetB - Posted - 03/13/2020:  15:04:07


Indeed a great choice, Mark. We don't get enough Dear Old Illinois tunes. Here's a little info on Harvey "Pappy" Taylor (1894 - 1987):  Harvey "Pappy" Taylor.  He was in his 80's when he was recorded and sure sounds great.  When I first tried the tune, sawmill tuning was working, but when I lowered the fifth string to an "f" it sounded even better to my ears.  The other Wolf Creek, played by Roy Bennett of Meade Co., KY (1895 - 1986) (very close in age to Pappy) is different and would deserve its own TOTW.  


JanetB - Posted - 03/14/2020:  18:24:13


Larry Warren of Slippery Hill kindly loaded the Dear Old Illinois recording of Harvey Taylor:  Wolf Creek.  In Harry Harrison and Jo Burgess' book Dear Old Illinois the biographical of Mr. Taylor is lengthier than for any others. It's stated he was born in Effingham and lived from 1894-1987. Cousins in West Virginia taught him some fiddle tunes as did a circus worker named Joe Dixon. He built instruments and only used his own bows. He had a keen memory for tunes and played them in different keys.  

Tuco - Posted - 03/14/2020:  22:16:46


quote:

Originally posted by RG

That video of Pappy playing was awesome!!! Great tune and choice!






That was the late Garry Harrison accompanying Pappy on guitar in that clip. 

RG - Posted - 03/15/2020:  12:50:24


quote:

Originally posted by Tuco

quote:

Originally posted by RG

That video of Pappy playing was awesome!!! Great tune and choice!






That was the late Garry Harrison accompanying Pappy on guitar in that clip. 






Yep!

JanetB - Posted - 03/15/2020:  13:38:16


Thanks for tuning in, Steve (Tuco).  This is a photo of you, I believe, from an above link showing you recording Harvey Taylor.  Your brother must have been on the side.  What an accomplishment achieved for us to still enjoy!  

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