Bright Sunny South

20 Oct

(click here for tab)

[gDGCD tuning]

Also known as Sweet Sunny South, this one was first collected from a “Mrs. Lucy Cannady at Endicott, VA. Aug 23 1918” by Cecil Sharp – although there have been accounts that this one goes back even before the Civil War (1850s). The first recordings of it were done in 1927 by Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers, DaCosta Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters, and a certain Jackson Young, which is apparently a pseudonym for fiddler Ben Jarrell. Since then, dozens of people have recorded it in various settings, with different regional/individual characteristics – some major sounding & some in a minor key. I personally enjoy the minor ones so the above tab is based on the lonesome sounds of Jake Owen (son of the late Blanton Owen) and his banjo. Also worth noting is the version done by Dock Boggs in the 1960s. Dang good. Do a quick Youtube search for more.

For a great discussion about lyrics and origins, check out the threads on Mudcat Cafe: I & II

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3 Responses to “Bright Sunny South”

  1. Sam Rubera 12/07/2011 at 6:31 am #

    Nice post. I sent you tab for this one a while ago, I am pretty sure.

    • 2ftlbanjer 12/09/2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Thanks, Sam. I can’t seem to find a BSS tab from you in my email or files. I’ll dig a bit deeper and let you know. Have anything else you’d like to send along?

  2. Joel Shhimberg 01/15/2014 at 8:45 pm #

    I do believe that Jake Owen is the nephew of Blanton. His father is Blanton’s brother, Malcolm Owen.

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