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

Comments:
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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