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High Up on Tug

Posted by JanetB, written by Edden Hammons


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Size: 1,136kb, uploaded 5/10/2015 7:37:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played at a relaxing tempo for the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/8/15, this tune is named for the Tug Fork River of West Virginia, known for its rugged beauty. It's the locale for the Hatfield/McCoy feud. The name is reminiscent of a failed effort to reach a battle site during the French Indian War due to rough terrain and poor hunting. The starving and mutinous soldiers were forced to eat "tug," or boiled leather strips. Here's the link for the TOTW to read and hear more:

2 comments on “High Up on Tug”

Debs Says:
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @3:30:27 PM

Just found this one - and what a find! The story puts it into perspective and gives it an added poignancy.

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @8:42:01 PM

Thanks Debs, and thanks for noticing the history aspect. I really find it interesting and easier to remember when associated with a tune and its title.

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