Claude Kennedy of Simpson County

Jack McGee has been generous in sharing these field recordings of his uncle Claude Kennedy. There are photos and more information about Claude on Jack's website.

At the moment I know very little about these recordings, including their titles. They would seem to be from the 1970's but some of the tunes reflect a much earlier time. Claude was the fiddler in the 6 towns band that represented Mississippi at the Smithsonian Folklife festival in 1974. By posting these recordings we hope to discover a bit more information about them. If you can identify or have any information about them please contact me.

Track 01 - Bill Cheatum

Track 02 - Bill Cheat'em

Track 03 - Bill Cheatem

Track 04 - Bill Cheatem

Track 05 - Bill Cheatem

Track 06 - Devil's Dream

Track 07 - Devil's Dream

Track 08 - Devil's Dream

Track 09 - Eighth of January (Called "Dunkirk")

Track 10 - Eighth of January (Called "Dunkirk")

Track 11 - Eighth of January (Called "Dunkirk")

Track 12 - medley, two tunes

Track 13 - similar to #12

Track 14- similar to #12

Track 15 - Mississippi Breakdown

Track 16 - Sally Gooden

Track 17 - Sally Gooden

Track 18 - (Somebody) on the Railroad

Track 19 - Saturday Night Breakdown - Little Black Mustache (?)

Track 20 - Little Black Mustache (?)

Track 21 - Little Black Mustache (?)

Track 23 - Soggy Bottom

Track 24 - Soggy Bottom

Track 25 - Soggy Bottom

Track 26 Soggy Bottom

Track 27Soggy Bottom

Track 28 - Soggy Bottom

Track 29 - Soggy Bottom

Track 30 - Soldier's Joy

Track 31 - half of Soldier's Joy

Track 32 - Tom and Jerry Rag

Track 33 - Amarillo Waltz

Track 34 - Amarillo Waltz

Track 35 - Waltz

Track 36 - Merry Widow Waltz

Track 37 - Ookpick Waltz

Transcriptions of the Kennedy tunes below by Tim Avalon of Jackson, MS. Thanks Tim!