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MAMA BLUES. AKA - "Rag in C." Old-Time, Country Rag. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Source Alton Jones thought he learned the tune from a recording by the Kessinger Brothers, but Drew Beisswenger (2008) could find no such recording. Missouri fiddler Lonnie Robertson learned the tune from Jones, but recorded it as "Rag in C."

Source for notated version: Alton Jones (1918-2002, Theodosia, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann]; Lonnie Robertson (1908-1981, Springfield, Mo.) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; pp. 83 & 124. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers' Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; p. 32 (appears as generic "Tune").

Recorded sources: Rounder 0437, Alton Jones - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 3: Down in the Border Counties" (2000. Various artists). Rounder CD 0375, Lonnie Robertson - "Lonnie's Breakdown" (1996. Originally recorded 1978. Appears as "Rag in C").




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