Some Foggy Mountain Tops

The song that begins “If I was on some foggy mountain top…” is a traditional American / Appalachian tune that became, in its various forms, a standard of the mature Bluegrass idiom as it emerged in the 1940s. It’s a song I’ve always loved, since I first heard Doc and Merle Watson play it live and blisteringly fast at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco when I was a kid. (My first…