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Liberty off the Corn Liquor Still

Key of G. Two parts. Both parts have some extra notes at the lead-in. Both parts are similar and both end with the same phrase. There are versions by the Skillet Lickers and by John Ashby and these two differ in the second part. Both versions of the second part include that high two-note repeat. 
  • Skillet Lickers recorded it several times. We found versions on YouTube [non-video] and Slippery-Hill [mp3]They play one of each part except when they play two of each part. They are tuned flat.
  • Highwoods String Band [utoob non-video] from the CD, Fire on the Mountain. They play one of each part. They add a few notes to the second part. They emphasize the tag with a high note. They are tuned sharp.
  • Sausage Grinder on stage [utoob]. Two of each part.
  • Recorded by the band Fiddle Pie [CD track].
  • Slow recording by the Mudhole Stompers [CD track at Amazon]. 
  • Even slower jam at Charlotte Folk Society slow jam.
  • J-Walk recorded a jam [soundcloud] with a woodpecker it seems.
Lots of goofiness makes this hard to learn from paper but here goes. There is sheet music from the UK and probably better chords here in the US. We have it in the Phillips Collection (John Ashby version) and the Milliner-Koken Collection (Skillet Licker version) and the Fiddler FakeBook (John Ashby version).

How did the tune get its name? You hear the Skillet Lickers [utoobsay they will play "Liberty, off the Corn Liquor Still and God help us to get it right." They refer to their album called The Corn Liquor Still in Georgia. It seems this tune was just called Liberty. We are glad to have to longer name on this tune so as to distinguish it from the old time fiddle tune just called Liberty. See the longer story at Voyager Records. 

Played by Blockader. Tuned a bit flat.