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X:1 T:Florida Blues M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Moderately Quick" S:Arthur Smith (1898-1971, Humphreys County, east Tennessee) D:County 546, "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners vol. 1" (1978) F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D (=f2|^f)f=f^f dBA(=f|^f)afe dBA(=F|^F)FEF DB,A,D|FDEF DB,A,D| GABd- dedB|GABd edAF |DEFA- AGFE|DEFA BFAA| Ec2B caec|BEcE ce2e|aefd- dBAF|[F6d6]:| |:+slide+f2|d4- dBAF|D6 (=f^f)|d4- dBAF|D4-D(=F^F| G)ABd- dedB|GABd edBG|DEFA- AGFE|DEFA BFAF| Ec2B caec|BEcE ce2e|aefd- dBAF|d6:|]

FLORIDA BLUES. AKA and see "Tupelo Blues." Old-Time, Bluegrass; Breakdown. USA; Missouri, Tenn. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Lowinger): AABB (Brody): AA'BB' (Reiner & Anick): ABAC (Beisswenger & McCann). A twelve bar structure, blues-based tune composed by Fiddlin' Arthur Smith (Tenn.) and recorded by him in 1937. Although a popular "hot fiddling" tune, Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out that it is a fairly challenging piece, and only played by the more accomplished Ozarks fiddlers.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Buddy Pendleton [Brody]; Dean Johnston (1919-2007, Lamar, Barton County, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 75. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 108. Lowinger (Bluegrass Fiddle), 1974; p. 24. Reiner & Anick (Old Time Fiddling Across America), 1989; p. 105. Ruth (Pioneer Western Folk Tunes), 1948; No. 92, p. 33.

Recorded sources: -BlueBird 6844 (78 RPM), Arthur Smith Trio (1937). Caney Mountain CEP 212 (privately issued extended play album), Lonnie Robertson (Mo.), 1965-66. County 546, Arthur Smith, "Fiddlin' Arthur Smith and His Dixieliners, vol. 1" (1978). County 705, Buddy Pendleton- "Virginia Breakdown." Rebel 1528, Buck Ryan- "Fiddler on the Rocks." Rounder 1016, Jim Eanes and the Shenandoah Boys- "Early Days of Bluegrass." Rounder 1016, Vasser Clements- "Crossing the Catskills." Rounder 0436, Dean Johnston - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 2" (2000. Various artists). Vetco 502, "Fiddlin' Van Kidwell." Voyager 316-S, Vivian Williams and Barbara Lamb- "Twin Sisters."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Listen to Arthur Smith's version at Honkingduck [2] and Slippery Hill [3]
Hear learning version from Colby Smith at the Old Towne School of Folk Music Fiddle Tune Archive [4] [5]

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