Cold Frosty Morning – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 279

It’s turning to Autumn around here, and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. We just had our first frost last night, so I think that the tune Cold Frosty Morning is especially appropriate.

Today’s video is captured during the recording of the new Fiddle Whamdiddle CD, at Swingfingers Studios. Thanks to Aaron Youngberg for his great sound recording work, and for holding the video camera while we whipped out this “cool” old-time tune.

Our CD Release Party will be December 14, 2012 at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins, 8:00PM.


Cold Frosty Morning according to Fiddler’s Companion

COLD FROSTY MORNING [1]. AKA and see “Frosty Morning [1].” The title “Cold Frosty Morning” is sometimes mistakenly employed for Henry Reed’s “Frosty Morning,” set in A dorian.

FROSTY MORNING [1]. Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA; West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee. A Dorian. Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (Brody). This tune is mentioned as having been played in a 1931 account of a LaFollette, northeast Tenn. fiddle contest. In the 1960’s it was collected by Alan Jabbour from Glen Lyn, Virginia, fiddler Henry Reed (born c. 1885, Peterston, Monroe County, West Virginia). Jabbour popularized it with his influential late 1960’s recording with the Hollow Rock String Band. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; pg. 114. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; pg. 49. Source for notated version: Joel Shimberg (Arlington, Va.) [Krassen]. Krassen (Appalachian Fiddle), 1973; pg. 38‑39. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, Vol. 1), 1994; pg. 56. Cassette C-7625, Wilson Douglas – “Back Porch Symphony.” Reed Island Rounders – “Wolves in the Wood” (1997). Rounder 0010, “Fuzzy Mountain String Band” (1972. Learned from Henry Reed via Alan Jabbour). CD, Alan Jabbour, James Reed, Bertram Levy – “A Henry Reed Reunion” (2002).

Recording of Henry Reed: American Memory


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