Salt River

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in A mixolydian

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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78rpm Record


This is my favorite setting of Salt River to date, from West Virginia fiddler extraordinaire Clark Kessinger. There shouldn’t be anything too difficult here, but look out for the syncopation. Although there is no particular need to cross-tune for this setting, I believe Kessinger did because of some stray low As in the recording.

Cross-tune to AEAE.

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Salt River (Salt Creek)

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