Label: Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association - MSOTFA 104 • Series: MSOTFA Archival Series • Format: Cassette Reissue, Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Cripple Creek By Richard L. Matteson Jr. If you've ever learned the banjo, chances are you've played Cripple Creek. A meandering or a crooked stream is referred to as a "cripple" creek. The most famous Cripple Creek is a town in Colorado.
Gold was discovered there in and the mining town that sprang up was considered by some to be the source of the song.
Folklorist Alan Jabbour, of the Library Feels Like Heaven - Various - Now Thats What I Call Music! 26 Congress found that the oldest Appalachian fiddlers he collected from Cripple Creek - Cyril Stinnett - Salty River Reel recall the first time that they had heard "Cripple Creek," leading Jabbour to speculate that the title might have something to do with the Cripple Creek, Colorado, labor troubles.
I believe that the Cripple Creek location in our bluegrass song is Cripple Creek, Virginia, a small community located in Wythe County at latitude The Cripple Creek, Virginia area was explored in and settled in the mid's. A settlement was built at Fort Chiswell lead was discovered in by John Chiswell and farmers moved into the fertile land around the Cripple Creek and New River.
In Virginia is was lead and iron ore that was mined, not gold. In when the Norfolk and Western Railroad reached the area, a zinc smelter was started and charcoal furnaces to make iron were built up and down Cripple Creek and the New River.
According to Bob Coltman: "My opinion is that the tune probably is earlier than the Cripple Creek gold strikebut that the words, and thus the song title, could have been put to it afterward, say at the turn of the century.
Versions of the bluegrass song began appearing in the early s. Two fragments of "Cripple Creek" were collected by E. No musical score. See them women layin' in the shade, Waitin' fer the money them men have made. Roll my breeches ter my knees En wade ol' Cripple Creek when I please. Bryan; ". Wilson Pineville, KY Aug 27, Sharp also collected a tune named Cripple Creek that was a different tune and song. It shows that Cripple Creek was a popular location and song in the early s.
Certainly the song originated in the s but there is no documented proof. Lunsford sang "Cripple Creek" in His Cripple Creek - Cyril Stinnett - Salty River Reel also appears in The Frank C. Arthur Moore, Lenoir, Caldwell county in Cripple Creek was a frequently recorded by early country musicians in the s and s.
Musicians from all over the Appalachian region flocked to the Georgia Fiddlers Convention, held in Atlanta, where the tune was transmitted. Cripple Creek isn't that far west from Galax up in Wythe Cripple Creek - Cyril Stinnett - Salty River Reel . Sons Of System - Ognemöt - Salvation Is Ognemöt to one source Ernest Stoneman claimed to write the song, but this seems unlikely.
Stoneman made a living off his royalties from copyrighting traditional songs. Many artists, probably to avoid copyright issues, changed the name to a different local creek or river. Land Norris of Georgia recorded it in the mid's as "Red Creek. This Cripple Creek - Cyril Stinnett - Salty River Reel was famous as a center for distilling homemade whiskey and it appears that Poole was a frequent visitor. Here's a bit of Poole's version which has the standard chorus:. Up the road and across the creek, Can't get a letter but once a week.
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