Played by: Seth Mize
Recorded in Mountain View, AR 4/22/67
Recorded by Jimmy Trammel
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Hell Among the Yearlings
Trammel: "This next one he's gonna play is called 'Black Jack Davy.'"
Black Jack Davy
Trammell: "The next one he's gonna play is called 'Cotton Eye Joe, and he says he has it on . . . his own version of it. He doesn't play it like everybody else does."
Cotton Eye Joe
Trammell: "Now he's gonna play something he calls 'Sally Goodin.'"
Trammell: "Now this is called 'The Nigger Baby with Black Face and Shiny Eyes.'"
Mize: "This'll be the 'Alabama Girls.'"
Trammell: "Where'd you get that fiddle?"
Mize: "Well I got that fiddle from Betty Fowler. She handed it down to me, and I'm to hand it on down to the rest of the folks.
Trammell: "She handed it on down to you?"
Mize: "Yeah, she give it to me, and I've got to go on down to the rest of my folks with it."
Trammell: "Is she a relation of yours?"
Mize: "Well, not really that I know of. But this here come on down through all the whole generations . . ."
Trammell: "Really. How old do you think it is?"
Mize: "Well, the date of it in there is two hundred and fifty-six, about 256."
Trammell: "Now what's that?"
Mize: "The date of it inside there is 256 years old, I'd say, right now."
Trammell: "You think that's 256 years old?"
Mize: "It was made in 17 and 21."
Trammell: That was made in 1721."
Mize: "In 17 and 21." Trammell: Now where'd you say you learned all these songs that you play, and where do you play them?"
Mize: "Well, I learned them from my grandfather. They originated on back through their fathers and grandfathers."
Trammell: "You didn't learn any of them from books--they're all from grandparents."
Mize: "I learned nothing from books. They're all from my grandparents. Away back they come out of Tennessee."
Trammell: "Out of Tennessee."
Mize: "All my people originated from Tennessee, and I learned 'em from them. You might say these tunes that I play is old Tennessee tunes. They come from Tennessee; that's where I got 'em from."
Trammell: "Where'd you learn to play the fiddle?"
Mize: "Well, I . . . Of course, I lived in Arkansas when I learned to play it. I was in close to Landis, right close to where I live now, when I learned to play it. And I'm now past sixty-five."
Trammell: "Past sixty-five."
Mize: "I'm done past sixty-five. I learned to play the fiddle and I quit playing for about, oh, forty years before I ever tried to play any more. In '64 I started trying to play again."
Trammell: "You laid off a long time."
Mize: I laid off a long time. But then in '64 I commenced this again."
Trammell: "Where do you usually play? Do you play for dances . . ."
Mize: "Well, I play some for dances, and I play at Little Rock."
Trammell: "Did you say you've been on TV in Little Rock?"
Mize: "I, yep, played on TV in Little Rock, on Channel 4, and I play here every Friday night at Mountain View."
Trammell: "Friday night here at the courthouse."
Mize: "Every Friday night here at Mountain View, I play here. Then I play different places. If nothing happens, I'll be at Silver Dollar City the 29th and 30th of this month."
Trammell: "Silver Dollar City the 29th and 30th of this month."
Mize: "And the sixth and the seventh of next month."