Get your contra dancing shoes on for this deceptively simple ear-worm of a tune from the playing of Kentucky fiddler Everett Kays.
Here are three versions.
Take 1: Everett Kays lays the tune out at dance speed with a stringband for the original 1973 field recording (now in the Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives*).
Takes 2 and 3: Seattle-based fiddler Greg Canote plays two slow teaching versions – first a music camp video; second, a slightly more uptempo audio track from the Canote Brothers’ Seattle stringband class.
Key of G, standard tuning on all three recordings. Choose whichever speed suits you best for tunecatching, and for playing along with once you’ve got it down.
Everett Kays (fiddle), accompanied by unnamed musicians
Anderson County, Kentucky, 1973
(Tune number B02 on reel BG-R003 in the Bruce Greene Collection SAA90, Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives. http://dla.acaweb.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/berea/id/317/rec/2)
Greg Canote (fiddle), Candy Goldman (banjo)
Filmed at Walker Creek Music Camp, October 2014
(‘Bacon Rind’, YouTube video, 1:25. Published by Wayne Grabowski, Oct 13, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y58B5H-maPc)
Greg Canote (fiddle), Candy Goldman (banjo), Jere Canote (guitar)
Recorded at the Seattle Stringband class, April 2014
Canote Brothers: website (move the radio dial to search!) and Seattle Stringband class
Maya Whitmont’s compilation of audio tracks and banjo tabs from the Seattle class here
*Digital Library of Appalachia/Berea College Southern Appalachian Archives: website