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Jul 15, 2019 - 6:11:58 PM
88 posts since 8/30/2015

Just curious if there are sources and info on other Fate Morrison tunes. The only one I know much about is Devilish Mary. I thought I had read that Brad Leftwich learned the tune from him, but had no recording. 

Here is our take on Devilish Mary; Devilish Mary

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:38:34 AM

88 posts since 8/30/2015

The recording on Slippery Hill from the playing of Brad Leftwich: https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/devilish-mary

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:39:31 AM
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RG

USA

2905 posts since 8/7/2008

Stephen, I learned this one on the fiddle from David Bragger, who I think may have learned it from Rafe Stefanini, I'll ask David this afternoon if there are recordings & sources, I believe there are...

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:09:39 PM

88 posts since 8/30/2015

Thanks R G.

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:54:09 PM
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raybob

USA

13366 posts since 12/11/2003

You might try to message Paul Brown about Fate. I was in a class that Paul was teaching some years ago and the name did come up. I think he'd be able to steer you to some sources.

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:31:10 PM
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6276 posts since 6/27/2009

In the book Ozarks Fiddle Music on page 196 the tune “Whoa Mule”  is notated as played by Fate Morrison from the album Rackensack, Vol. 1. Some biographical information is included. 

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:45:27 PM

RG

USA

2905 posts since 8/7/2008

David learned the tune from Brad Leftwich Stephen, so I'll try to track Brad down...

Jul 20, 2019 - 2:37:33 PM
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Lew H

USA

2273 posts since 3/10/2008

The 2 CD set "Sounds of the Ozark Folk: The 1963 Arkansas Folk Festival" has two Fate Morrison tunes.
Soldier's Joy, by the "Morrison Fiddlers"
Jump Up, Kitty Puss, by Fate Morrison and Dollie Gilbert. (That likely should be Ollie Gilbert.)

There's two more by Willie Morrison, et al.: The Eight of January and Durang's Hornpipe.

These may possibly be found in the John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection at Lyon College at this web address:
http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/ozarks.htm

EDIT: I just checked.  Fate Morrison is not in the alphabetical list of "singers" in the Lyon archive (at least not in the correct place), but FYI Absie Morrison, probably a relative, is listed with two fiddle medleys.

Edited by - Lew H on 07/20/2019 14:47:44

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:51:16 PM
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2354 posts since 12/11/2008

Contact Dave Smith thru the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR or his Ozark Highlands online radio station.

Dave knew Fate, and get this, Dave Lives on Fate Morrison Road in rural Stone County, AR. Dave's road didn't have a proper name when he move to where he resides, so he suggested the present name! The county road commissioners said, OK.

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:25:16 PM
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Lew H

USA

2273 posts since 3/10/2008

Pardon me for going off topic here, but for those interested in Ozark banjo picking, there a batch on the Lyon College-Wolf archive I showed the link to above. Joe Craft, who is not well known, is one. I never met Joe, but I met his son, Shade Craft. The other is more famous around Arkansas--Carlos (better known as Bookmiller) Shannon. I did get to meet up with Bookmiller briefly some decades ago.

Here's that link again.  Search for either of these pickers.
http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/ozarks.htm

Edited by - Lew H on 07/21/2019 14:26:04

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