Black Cat in a Briar Patch

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in A and D

From the Melvin Wine Collection

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Melvin Wine's Cold Frosty Morning album

When I started transcribing this tune, I was immediately struck by how strange it is. The A part is in the key of A and the B part is in the key of D. The B part is also crooked. When I went to record it, I found that I had a heck of a time getting used to playing in the key of D out of AEAE cross tuning. Regarding the article in the title (indefinite vs. definite), the track listing for the album had Black Cat in the Briar Patch where as Melvin Wine introduced the tune as Black Cat in a Briar Patch. I went with Wine.

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