OLD RED. Old-Time, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Both parts contain irregular measures. "Old Red" was a blues-tinged breakdown recorded by Mississippi fiddler and potato farmer Hoyt Ming with his band The Pep Steppers, whose members consisted of his family: Hoyt (fiddle), wife Rozelle (guitar) and brother Troy (mandolin). They recorded several sides in their single recording session for Victor Records in 1928 in Memphis, Tenn., but were "rediscovered" in the early 1970's and began performing again. Their recording of "Old Red" included dance figures called by Andrew Coggin, an older man from nearby Nettleton, Mississippi.
Source for notated version: Hoyt Ming (Choctaw County, Mississippi) [Phillips].
Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 96.
Recorded sources: Document DOCD 8009, Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers - Mississippi String Bands, vol. 1: 1928-1935 (). Victor 21294 (78 RPM), Hoyt Ming and His Pep Steppers (1928).
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