Jesse Wells at the Morehead Old Time Music Festival 2015
An I Dig Bluegrass & Old Time Music video by David Slone
Kentucky fiddler Hiram Stamper recorded a ‘crooked’ version in the key of D minor, with three parts, and other regional fiddlers also had ‘crooked’ versions-in fact, Strong’s version is the only older one to be ‘foursquare’. These older versions started with one of the high parts first.
According to musicologist Jeff Titon, Stamper told Bruce Greene that “Glory in the Meetinghouse” was a contest tune that he originally learned from Bev Baker, a notorious figure but an influential fiddler. Stamper also indicated the tune was known to other fiddlers at the time and that Baker had played it in the 1919 Berea fiddle contest. Luther Strong says, “I won $500 on this tune” at the end of his LC AFS field recording. The tune has similarities to the bluegrass composition “Jerusalem Ridge.”
Glory in the Meeting House tablature