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MISSISSIPPI LOWDOWN. Old-Time, Country Blues. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The tune was recorded by African-American guitarist Walter Vinson (or Vincson, or Vincent, although the name he used for the recording was Walter Jacobs), with The Carter Brothers (guitarist Bo Chatman and fiddler Lonnie Chatman). The tune is an up-tempo instrumental version of another tune by the musicians (who formed part of the group The Mississippi Sheiks), called "Lonely One In This Town." All were from Jackson, Mississippi, the capital of the state, and home to a thriving musical scene from 1910-1940.

Source for notated version: Lonnie Chatmon with the Mississippi Sheiks [Phillips].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 88.

Recorded sources: Document, "Walter Vinson: Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order 1928-1941." OKeh 45482 (78 RPM), Walter Jacobs (Vincson) and the Carter Brothers (1930).




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