Horseshoe Bend

As played by Charlie Stripling from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Deep South Collection

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78rpm Record


Horeshoe Bend is a high energy breakdown from Alabama. The title refers a bend in the Tallapoosa River, site of the former Creek Indian village of Tohopeka. White, Cherokee Indian, and Creek Indian troops under General Andrew Jackson attacked and defeated Creek Indian troops who had fortified the village. (Jackson later betrayed his Indian allies.)

Alabama fiddler Charlie Stripling recorded Horseshoe Bend in 1929. The tune is in four parts, but not all parts are played each time through the tune. The first through fourth times through consist of A and B parts. The fifth through seventh times through consist of C and D parts. The eighth through eleventh times through consist of A and B parts again. The ninth pass through the tune has some nice variations in the B part.

The bowing is almost entirely sawstroke, with one bowstroke per note. Sixteenth notes are slurred. The vast majority (probably around 99%) of eighth notes in the recording were played with sawstrokes.


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