Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Red Wing/Union Maid

Here is the tune "Red Wing" I found this version on Youtube. After the fiddler plays through the tune a few times he then improvises over the same chords using the tune as a reference. Notice the little ornament notes the fiddler adds to embellish or make the song more interesting. The tune is pretty simple but with all the little flourishes he adds, it really sings. I think it's safe to say that these boys would be really interested in some Bob Wills as I see this style as more Texas swing than anything else. What do you think?

The tune "Union Maid" is a bit of a hybrid song. The words are written by Woody Guthrie but he 'borrows' the verse melody from a piece by Robert Schumann called "The Merry Farmer" from the 1800s. He then takes the chorus from the melody of "Red Wing" (above). My favorite is a version by Old Crow Medicine Show. Read more about the song on Wikipedia here.

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