New Lost Train Blues
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NEW LOST TRAIN BLUES. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, western North Carolina. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BCCDCCD. A bluesy breakdown composed by fiddler Steve Ledford, deliberately evocative of a train in the last two parts. The tune was recorded by North Carolina band J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers for Bluebird Records, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1936. The tune's title was the inspiration for part of the name of the seminal "revival" band of the 2nd half of the 20th century, the New Lost City Ramblers (Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers being another).
Source for notated version: J.E. Mainer [Phillips].
Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 91.
Recorded sources: Bluebird B-6424, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (1936). Count 507, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers - "Old Time Fiddle Classics" (Reissue recordings). Folkways FA 2492, New Lost City Ramblers - "String Band Instrumentals" (1964). Old Timey Records LP 107, "J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, Vol. 2."