Audio Recording Natchez
About this Item
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Hornpipes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Key: A
- - Compass: 13
- - Related Tune(s): Old Zip Coon
- - Related Tune(s): Jolly is the Miller
- - Related Tune(s): The Rose Tree
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 30 seconds
- - Related Tune(s): Turkey in the Straw
- - Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-5)
- - Rendition: (1)-2r-1r-2r-1r
- - Phrase Structure: ABCD QRQC'D (aa'bb' cdef qfer qfcdef)
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR and HENRY REED: [Laugh]
- - Recording chronology: 130
- - Henry Reed made several attempts to recall "Natchez," which foundered because he was beginning in the wrong keys (see AFS 13035b07). He finally realized that it belonged in the key of A and produced a complete performance here. He plays it as a set piece at a leisurely pace, almost like a hornpipe. The tune is an independent scion of the large family of tunes descended from the British tune "The Rose Tree," of which "Turkey in the Straw" is the most famous American branch (see discussion of that tune under AFS 13033b13 in this collection)."Natchez" is usually called "Natchez under the Hill," referring to the rough but lively waterfront neighborhood of Natchez, Mississippi, along the bank of the Mississippi River. The town proper is on a bluff overlooking the river, but the waterfront area "under the hill" was the port, roustabout neighborhood, and red-light district. Variants of "Natchez" date back at least to the 1830s, when it was already associated with riverboat traffic and commerce on the Mississippi frontier. See Knauff, Virginia Reels (1839), vol. 1, #11, "Natchez on the Hill," and discussion and citations for the Arkansas set of "Natchez under the Hill" in American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62).
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A35
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Chicago citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Natchez. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000199/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) Natchez. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000199/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, et al. Natchez. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000199/>.