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Davy Come On Back and Act Like You Oughta (TOTW)

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Size: 1,400kb, uploaded 8/4/2017 1:41:33 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/4/17, West Virginia fiddler Delbert Hughes (1905 -1982) recorded this one. It sounds like Davy is responding in the B part with his grievances, which he finds reasonable enough. I think this story ends where he comes back home....



9 comments on “Davy Come On Back and Act Like You Oughta (TOTW)”

VancePants Says:
Friday, August 4, 2017 @2:11:07 PM

Like the bluesy OT vibe, JB... nice!

stratovarious520 Says:
Friday, August 4, 2017 @10:12:40 PM

Very nicely done...imagery is potent with this one. BTW do you ever take a day off 😃?

stratovarious520 Says:
Friday, August 4, 2017 @10:12:41 PM

Very nicely done...imagery is potent with this one. BTW do you ever take a day off 😃?

rickhayes Says:
Saturday, August 5, 2017 @7:31:03 AM

Cool tune Janet; nicely played.

Yigal Zan Says:
Saturday, August 5, 2017 @10:32:02 AM

The tune sounds like a version of "Pretty Little Shoes" (which in turn seems to be derived from the melody of the ballad Matty Groves). Will be more certain after learning the tune in earnest.

JanetB Says:
Saturday, August 5, 2017 @2:16:14 PM

Thanks, gentlemen. Pretty Little Shoes A part has keen resemblance to my ears, Yigal. Not so much the B part. Matty Groves reminds me of Shady Grove. The modal tuning seems to give them commonality.

Greg, I look forward to every week's old-time Tune of the Week. For me it's like a puzzle to solve -- how can I tune the banjo and arrange the melody by listening to the fiddle? I end up arranging a solo banjo piece, as opposed to one that would accompany and complement the fiddle. It's a whole lotta fun and given free time I will spend a lot of it revolved around banjo!

Yigal Zan Says:
Sunday, August 6, 2017 @2:56:33 PM

For visual comparison, check hangoutstorage.com/banjohangou...82017.jpg

JanetB Says:
Sunday, August 6, 2017 @3:38:50 PM

Thanks, Yigal. I can already see similarity in the third line of Davy Come On Back and what I think is the A part in Lester McCumber's Pretty Little Shoes (your third line). I haven't heard Lester McCumber's version yet. Did you find much similarity?

Yigal Zan Says:
Sunday, August 6, 2017 @5:49:45 PM

The Lester McCumber's rendition I transcribed, is at youtube.com/watch?v=gOqrS6QQTwg . The similarity I find is mostly in the low part. Regarding the similarity between Matty Groves and Shady Grove, there is the problem that the association of melodies with lyrics, in American Folk Music (and perhaps in those of other nations) is not fixed. The melody of Matty Groves I was referring to is related to but not the one used by Doc Watson, John Baez, and quite a few other. We have here in Abq a ballads-singing genius. Her first name is Sandra. The melody I referred to is the one she uses.

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