Week #269 ~ Sopping the Gravy (AKA Little Betty Brown)

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Sopping the Gravy AKA Little Betty Brown, which was submitted as an old time tune.

    Here's a link to Vi Wickam's lesson on the tune (for the fiddle)

    I am back at home, so I can actually post this winner, and hopefully a new poll, but I'm going to need help coming up with more info for this tune!
  2. Marcelyn
    Marcelyn
    I jumped the gun and looked into this one when it was last week's frontrunner. Here's what I could find.
    Here's a site with fiddle transcription, chords, midi, and an MP3 recording...
    http://www.drfiddle.com/show_tune.php?id=535

    Ezra, who demos lots of Old Wave mandolins seems to like this tune. Here's one on mandolin and one on octave...


    Here's a great version from Alison Krauss...

    For variety, here's a high-energy, down-south version from Stuart Duncan...


    And here's an early recording from Clark Kessinger...
    http://slippery-hill.com/M-K/GDAE/D/SoppinGravy.mp3

    For anyone who likes to work out their own backing tracks, I found some interesting information on Texas-style swing chord progressions from Scott Tichenor and Pete Martin here...
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/ar...hp/t-6070.html
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/petemartin.html

    Along with many other great tunes, there's a version of Soppin' the Gravy you can download in Tony Ludiker's Hoedown ebook for free...
    http://www.fiddle.net/
  3. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    Marcelyn! Thanks so much for all that info!!!
  4. jonny250
    jonny250
    Thanks Marcy for posting the info i have had a listen and a go at this tune - i can get the chords, but the melody seems buried. tricky!
    looking forward to seeing what people come up with...
  5. jonny250
    jonny250
    ok, so hopefully people are just a bit slow with this one..?
    here is my effort - its very rough!
  6. Marcelyn
    Marcelyn
    That's great, Johnny! In two octaves, too! I'm so glad someone tackled this one. I'm looking forward to trying it out when I get home from vacation.
  7. GKWilson
    GKWilson
    Nice Jonny. Made me hungry for some biscuits and gravy.
    Gary
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