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Soldier's Joy
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Soldier's Joy

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Soldier's Joy was one of the first tunes I learned, and it still seems to me to be the perfect tune. It's extremely widespread, especially across the US, where different settings are myriad. This old time setting is from the playing of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers. They recorded the tune twice in different settings, the first time in October 1929 with The legendary fiddlers Clayton McMichen and Lowe Stokes and Riley Puckett on guitar. However, the above setting is from the second recording from March 1934 with Gordon Tanner on fiddler, Ted Hawkins on mandolin, Gid Tanner on banjo and Riley Puckett again on guitar. It has some classic old time hallmarks, such as the "anticipated" notes in the A part and the joyous feeling throughout.
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