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Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills

GUEST,Anders Faergeman, Denmark 09 Mar 07 - 07:26 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 09 Mar 07 - 11:24 AM
12-stringer 09 Mar 07 - 02:03 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 09 Mar 07 - 06:19 PM
Jim Dixon 20 May 13 - 08:27 AM
GUEST,zuzy 28 Jul 16 - 05:47 PM
leeneia 28 Jul 16 - 11:26 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 29 Jul 16 - 06:15 AM
leeneia 29 Jul 16 - 09:11 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 30 Jul 16 - 07:19 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Moonshine In The Northe Carolina Hills
From: GUEST,Anders Faergeman, Denmark
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 07:26 AM

I'm trying to find a recording of this song. I'm not sure this is the exact title. The chorus is:

          Over the hills, those beautiful hills
          We have moonshine in the North Carolina hills,
          Bright lights on Broadway, sunshine down in Dixie
          We have moonshine in the North Carolina hills.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Anders


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Moonshine In The Northe Carolina Hills
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 11:24 AM

From memory at present I believe it is the West Virginia Hills although there are versions re North Carolina, something seems to call Charlie Poole to mind. The version that I recall starts off;

In the West Virginia mountains
We have free and flowing fountains
On every little hill there is a still

Bright lights on Broadway etc...

If I can find it on my shelves, it's there somewhere, I'll post details of the recording.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Moonshine In The Northe Carolina Hills
From: 12-stringer
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 02:03 PM

Earl Shirkey & Roy Harper [i.e., Harvey], "We Have Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills," recorded 22 October 1929 at Johnson City, TN, released on Columbia 15642-D. Presumably written by Harvey, who sings on it (Shirkey is the yodeler), and based on "The West Virginia Hills," (then) unofficial state song here. The NC version is a localization. Harvey (from southern WV) was the guitarist with Charlie Poole and the NC Ramblers and also a prolific recording artist in his own right. He also wrote "The Bootlegger's Dream of Home," to the tune of "When the Roses Bloom Again," and that one, at least, has been collected somewhat traditionally in NC (Brown Coll).

Tony Russell's "Country Music Records 1922=1941" reports an unissued "Moonshine in the North Carolina Hall [sic]" recorded by Claude Casey and group for ARC in 1937. Maybe this is the first localization?

Bill Cox, from Charleston, WV, recorded "The Moonshine in the Hills" at his first session for Gennett, 11 July 1929, though it's probably a different song of similar title (I haven't heard it). Seems to me somewhere I've heard or run across this as "Moonshine in the Old Kentucky Hills," as well.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Moonshine In The Northe Carolina Hills
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 06:19 PM

There you have it thanks to 12-stringer.I have both the recordings that he mentions but couldn't locate them in the brief time I had this afternoon. Pulled out a Billy Cox album which doesn't include this title and got sidetracked into listening to that

Hoot


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Subject: Lyr Add: WE HAVE MOONSHINE IN THE WEST VIRGINIA...
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 May 13 - 08:27 AM

WE HAVE MOONSHINE IN THE WEST VIRGINIA HILLS
As sung by Earl Shirkey & Roy Harper (Columbia 15642D, 1929)

1. In the West Virginia mountains,
We have sweet and flowing fountains.
On every little hill we have a still.
Bright lights on Broadway,
The sun shines down in Dixie,
But we have moonshine in the West Virginia hills.

CHORUS: Oh the hills, those beautiful hills!
We have moonshine in the West Virginia hills.
Bright lights on Broadway,
The sun shines down in Dixie.
We have moonshine in the West Virginia hills.
[Yodel]

2. Big policeman busy
Running around in his tin Lizzy.
Of course he has a duty to fulfill,
But listen and remember:
A hundred years from last November,
We'll have moonshine in the West Virginia hills.

3. Folks went crazy over the election,
But of course we need protection,
For all denominations to fulfill.
Since Hoover's been elected,
Moonshine will not be protected.
We'll have moonshine in the West Virginia hills.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills
From: GUEST,zuzy
Date: 28 Jul 16 - 05:47 PM

I have a recording of stringbean playing 'moonshine in them old kentucky hills'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills
From: leeneia
Date: 28 Jul 16 - 11:26 PM

Nice yodeling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-d38ZpxI10

Moonshine was probably drinkable in 1929.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 29 Jul 16 - 06:15 AM

No reason why it shouldn't be as drinkable in 1929 as it is now provided the man in charge knew / knows what he is doing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills
From: leeneia
Date: 29 Jul 16 - 09:11 PM

When I think of yodeling in America, I associate it with western cowboy songs, but here we have an early example from the South. I'll have to remember that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonshine in the West Virginia Hills
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 30 Jul 16 - 07:19 AM

Have you never heard Jimmie Rogers from Meridian, Mississippi?


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