Audio Recording Bully of the Town

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Bully of the Town
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Cavanaugh, J. W. (Composer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Ragtime music
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: G
-  Compass: 10
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 6-8)
-  Rendition: 1-2-1r-2
-  Phrase Structure: ABCDEF QRSTUD'EF
-  Stylistic features: Note blues-like six-bar strain.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: You call it . . . ./HENRY REED: "Bully of the Town."
-  Recording chronology: 070
-  Composed by Charles E. Trevathan, 1896/Will Carleton, words, and J. W. Cavanaugh, music, 1896
-  This rag-like tune from the turn of the century turns up in both Black and White tradition in the Upper South. The bluesy six-bar phrase structure of the low strain is consistent in sets of the tune. "Bully of the Town" is a song as well as instrumental tune--a characteristic of African-American tradition--but it is often played simply as an instrumental piece, particularly among White musicians. An interesting North Carolina African-American set from 1956 is Mrs. Etta Baker's guitar version on the LP record Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians (Tradition TLP 1007).
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B14
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Henry Reed, and J. W Cavanaugh. Bully of the Town. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Reed, H. & Cavanaugh, J. W. (1966) Bully of the Town. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jabbour, Alan, et al. Bully of the Town. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.