For enthusiasts of early banjo
From Dan Emmett's manuscripts, in Hans Nathan, "Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy," University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.
No tempo. Who knows if it was legato anyway??
Thanks for the manuscript, Tim.
Notice he doesn't have his name next to the title, as he does for No. 48.
I forgot if he actually claimed it, or got it from the Snowdens. Anybody got anything on that?
Reading the book "Way Up North in Dixie" cover to cover I found that the authors failed to make any true connection to Emmett. If i remember correctly, the only "evidence" was a publicity image of Emmett that was found in a box of paper stuff from the family.
The claim of "Dixie" authorship seems highly unlikely as there is no proof of any kind other than a local story that was added to a grave in 1976 (for tourism?).
It has been awhile since I read it but I seem to recall that even the authors admit that there is no evidence beyond the story and the grave marker.
The various media outlets took the book promotion and ran with it.
The Emmett collection was passed around between the early banjoists and was even owned by Frank Converse for a short time (see his letters to the Cadenza).
As far as I know there is no real evidence that Emmett even knew the Snowdens (including period accounts).
What is funny is that it seems everyone that brings this up in conversation did not read the book. I'd like to hear from other people who did.
I think Tim and I talked about it, very early on, but I don't ever remember trying it. I'm willing, however, but I think we've only seen each other once since Memorial Day weekend.
Such a beast of a tune. I also agree the CCD really did manage to get something really good going. Almost belly dance worthy
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