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Thread #52945 Message #859378
Posted By: GUEST,Ron Williams
05-Jan-03 - 04:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Subject: RE: Origin Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals (Citico)
Citico is a local fiddle tune. (in fact, our band takes our name from that tune.) I learned it from Eldia Barbee (1910-1981) from Soddy, TN. Eldia played it "flat-keyed" (AEAE) in A. It appears on the first Pine Breeze LP of local field recordings which I released in 1976. It also appears on the LP "Tennessee: The Folk Heritage, Vol 2, The Mountains" released by the Tennessee Folklore Society in 1981. I have another version with Eldia that was recorded live at the 1978 National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap. One of Eldia's friends from North Georgia, Lowe Stokes, also played the tune as did several old time fiddlers from around Chattanooga: Sawmill Tom Smith, Blain Smith, Mac Green. I don't remember if Bob Douglas played this tune or not. Anyway, Eldia's is the best version I've heard. The tune will appear on our CD which should come out in April - and our band is named "Citico"