Jump Jim Crow

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Melvin Wine Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)

Melvin Wine's Cold Frosty Morning album

This tune has a long history, and its name has negative connotations for many people. It comes to us from the minstrel repertoire, having been written by Thomas Rice in 1828 (according to Wikipedia). The term "Jim Crow" came to be a pejorative, and was applied to segregation laws in the first half of the 20th century.

But this is just a fiddle tune, bearing little resemblance to its racist forbears. And it's a darn good fiddle tune at that.

Here's a Youtube video of Melvin Wine fiddling Jump Jim Crow:

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