So I may be posting a day late...but at least I'm not showing up empty handed! After just over a month off from recording tracks for my album of original fiddle tunes (here) I've finally recorded the penultimate track (at least in the order that they're being recorded...)! Today I present "Catawba," a tune I wrote several years back (maybe 2012 or so?). Here you go:
"Catawba" - an original fiddle tune by Jeff Norman (me). Played twice through by me on my Buckeye tuned to aEAC#E; guitar accompaniment the 2nd time through using a 12-fret Epiphone Masterbilt in standard tuning with a capo on the 2nd fret. Tune and recording Copyright 2017 - Jeff Norman.
"Catawba" is a pretty straightforward A major tune that I play in - surprise! - A major tuning (i.e. aEAC#E). It came out of a noodling session one afternoon...this wasn't unguided noodling, however: I had a specific goal in mind. While it seemed to me that many A major tunes were meant to be barnburners (e.g. "Hangman's Reel"), I wanted to come up with something that sounded good, even "pretty," at a moderate pace...like an A major version of "Coleman's March." In this recording I put a bit of bounce in it - but trust me that it can sound damn near pretty in the right hands. While I wont say that I've hit my goal of writing the next "Coleman's March," I like the tune none-the-less : )
As for the name: I've heard of tunes named after other VA towns (e.g. "Newcastle" and "Richmond"), so I figured I could name a tune after one too. Since I frequently played gigs at the Catawba Farmer's Market, "Catawba" came to mind. Wikipedia tells me that Catawba VA is actually an unincorporated community....close enough I guess : ) Anyways, hope you liked it - see you next week! Since there's only one more tune to go, I'll likely finish this project then!
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