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Sheep Shell Corn by the Rattlin' of his Horn

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Size: 1,065kb, uploaded 2/21/2016 6:12:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/20/16, this comes from the fiddling of Emmett Lundy, whose mentor, Greenberry Leonard, was born in the early 1800's and died in 1892. Thus it probably harkens back to before the Civil War. Sheep Shell Corn is recorded as a poem in a 1920's publication called Negro Folk Rhymes, so I can imagine perhaps slaves sang this song as they shelled corn (a tedious job) or as they danced to their own music. I used some of the verses from the TOTW discussion:

1 comment on “Sheep Shell Corn by the Rattlin' of his Horn”

rickhayes Says:
Monday, February 22, 2016 @5:21:20 AM

That's a really interesting tune. I especially like where it goes right after the sung parts. Nice picking (and singing).

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