I was surpised that this tune has not been the focus of a discussion on this forum. #But a search brings up only 6 or 7 strings each with only passing refernce to the tune. #
Couple of days ago I thoght I really should figure out how I want to play this tune so I started listening to various versions of it. #I soon found that few versions of the tune are exactly same and some very a lot from performer to performer.
I picked up on Bill Monroe's version from his DVD set but after listening to other versions I decided it might not be exactly what I'm looking for -- no real reason to stick with Monroe anyway as the song came before him.
Anyone have some strong feelings about a definative version of Katy Hill that they like for the best all around version? #I realize it is all subjective but I'd be interested in other views. #
Anyway its a great tune but its also pretty easy to play and very easy to improvise so its not hard to see that it has many versions.
The four part version by Jim Herd was pretty good I thought and I do like our own Brigadier on the Cafe also has a good one on YouTube.
Katy Hill -- Bill Monroe
Katy Hill -- Jim Herd
Katy Hill -- Mandlnpickr (Monroe like)
Katy Hill -- Second Generation
Katy Hill -- KT Briggs
Katy Hill - Ashley Hull
Researching the song I find other names for the tune or a similar tune are: "Going Around the World," "Sally Johnson" and "Piney Woods Gal" #
Seems like it is always played in G-major.
Here is some of the recordings mentioned on the Fiddle Companion: Alan Block [Phillips]: Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson]: Kenny Baker [Brody, Phillips]. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; pg. 154. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, Vol. 1), 1973; pg. 100. Lowinger (Bluegrass Fiddle), 1974; pg. 20. Phillips (Fiddlecase Tunebook), 1989; pg. 25. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 1, 1994; pg. 130. Caney Mountain Records CEP 213 (privately issued extended play LP), Lonnie Robertson (Mo.), c. 1965‑66. CMH 6237, Paul Warren‑ "America's Greatest Breakdown Player." Columbia 15620‑D (78 RPM), 1930, Lowe Stokes (North Georgia). County 538, Charlie Monroe‑ "On the Noonday Jamboree‑ 1944" (appears as "Going Around the World"). County 745, John Ashby (Va.) ‑ "Down on Ashby's Farm." County 750, Kenny Baker‑ "Grassy Fiddle Tunes." Document 8045, “Lowe Stokes, vol. 1: 1927-1930” (reissue. Appears as “Sally Johnson”). Heritage XXIV, Smokey Valley Boys ‑ "Music of North Carolina" (Brandywine, 1978). Heritage XXXIII, The Puryear Brothers Band ‑ "Visits" (1981. Learned from the Ithaca, N.Y., Correct Tone String Band). RCA Camden CAL‑719, Bill Monroe‑ "The Father of Bluegrass Music." Rounder 0089, Oscar and Eugene Wright ‑ "Old‑Time Fiddle and Guitar Music from West Virginia" (learned from Fiddlin' Arthur Smith). Rounder CD 0371, Mac Benford & the Woodshed All-Stars - “Willow” (1996). Voyager 301, Bill Long‑ "Fiddle Jam Session." Voyager 340, Jim Herd - "Old Time Ozark Fiddling." Edden Hammons Collection, Disc 2.
Are there some favorites here?