I don't know if the subject line is accurate, but among traditional Southern fiddlers, would fox trot-type tunes like the following be commonly played? Examples: In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Sail Along Silvery Moon, Whispering, Melancholy Rose, etc., etc.?
I only recognize "Dream a Little Dream" and had no idea it was a fox trot. I don't think I've ever heard any of them fiddled. Any more fox trot tunes you know of?
All 4/4 tunes can be a FoxTrot.
No, I don't think I've ever heard any of those, but there might be others. Ross Brown, from North Georgia, played "Sweet Marie," which I think is from the 1890's, so it predates Vernon and Irene Castle, but it has that straight 4 beat of a foxtrot. Ralph Blizard played "When its Time for the Whipporwill to Sing" - I don't know the history of that song. I'm sure there are many others, including the popular ones, with artists like Riley Puckett or Clayton McMichen.
"River Stay Away from my Door" - sometimes played as a breakdown, and "The Old Spinning Wheel" might be a couple of others.
Howard Armstrong certainly played "Sweet Georgia Brown."
Edited by - DougD on 08/09/2018 17:03:06
I played in a square dance band that played fox trots as part of their rotation of dance styles through the evening. We played I Left My Heart In San Francisco along with other old pop tunes.
Thanks for the responses. I happened to name those tunes arbitrarily, but I could have named many others (say, "San Antonio Rose," "Just Because," etc.), not to mention hillbilly bar tunes like "Old Spinning Wheel," " Your Cheatin' Heart," etc. RobBob, were you in South Carolina for these dances? "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" seems kind of recent. What I was thinking about is the kind of "modern" tunes that "old-time" Southern fiddlers might play. Would it be mostly tunes like "Down Yonder," "Bully of the Town," "Rubber Dolly," "Orange Blossom Special," etc., or hillbilly radio tunes, etc.? Or bluegrass vocal backup?
I just have gone through a project of naming tunes played in the '70s at Michigan gatherings that I taped and it got me thinking about these things nationally. All the contests and recordings basically eliminate this category, so it's hard to know what's out there. The range of the "modern" music these fiddlers played ranged from maybe one tune, "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," to others pretty fluent in 1920s and 1930s jazz, like "Dinah" and "Rosetta," with everything in between.
Modern tunes like "Road to Malvern" "Snake River Reel" "Nail That Catfish to a Tree" "Dull Chisel" "Red Prairie Dawn".... These are actually modern that are currently being played, modern compared to those pre-depression era tunes you've listed.
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