Turkey in the Straw (Natchez Under the Hill)

As played by Austin Rogers from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Austin Rogers Collection

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Popular culture, local fiddlers in North Alabama, and Jim Connor (my banjo teacher many years ago)

There is an ice cream truck that goes by my house every day. It always plays one of two things: the A part to The Entertainer, or the A part to Turkey in the Straw. The Entertainer isn't so bad, as its A part can stand alone. But Turkey in the Straw? Hearing the A part repeated and repeated without the B part drives me nuts, so I will actually grab a fiddle (or any handy instrument) and play the B part just to get some closure.

When introducing this tune, I call it Natchez Under the Hill. That way, it sounds more sophisticated, and the audience gets a chuckle when the recognize it.

I have included a coda that shows how I end it. This coda was heavily influenced by Jim Connor's version.

Play this tune fast.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Turkey in the Straw, Old Zip Coon, Natchez Under the Hill, Sugar in the Gourd

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