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Last Shot Got Him (TOTW) (open C tuning)

Posted by JanetB


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Size: 2,154kb, uploaded 5/11/2018 8:56:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/11/18, Last Shot Got Him via the Mississippi Possum Hunters' 1930 recording. It resembles in melody Mississippi John Hurt's sung version called First Shot Missed Him. Hurt recorded as early as 1928, though this song isn't available to hear until a much later recording in the 60's. Hurt played it slower and didn't have the little tag ending on the A part. Music historian and fiddler Harry Bolick put the two together (see the current TOTW to hear that version). I think the Possum Hunters sound rather ragtime and I can imagine it being at one time a bar-room song about someone who was shot, an event not unheard of at that time in that place in Mississippi.

3 comments on “Last Shot Got Him (TOTW) (open C tuning)”

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, May 11, 2018 @7:15:24 PM

Very fine picking, Janet, well played, and a lovely arrangement.

stratovarious520 Says:
Friday, May 11, 2018 @10:40:20 PM

A bit more delicate and “Janet-like” than Don’s “”good ‘n greasy “ version, but as always, beautifully played!

JanetB Says:
Saturday, May 12, 2018 @7:16:14 AM

Thanks much, gentlemen. You’re both kind.

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