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OLD ST. JOE. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Missouri. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Despite source H.K. Silvey's assertion that the tune could be traced to Tennessee fiddler Arthur Smith, no recordings of the tune by Smith could be found by Mark Wilson. Drew Beisswenger (2008) suggests the tune was named for St. Joseph, Missouri or the Arkansas towns of Old Joe or St. Joe.

Source for notated version: H.K. Silvey (b. 1934, Theodosia, Mo.), learned from his uncle Jess Silvey, who said he had it from radio broadcasts of Tennessee's Fiddlin' Arthur Smith [Beisswenger & McCann]. Silvey worked in the aerospace industry and lived in various places around the country before coming home to Missouri, where he bought a dairy farm.

Printed sources: Beisswener & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 128.

Recorded sources: Rounder 0437, H.K. Silvey - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 3: Down in the Border Counties" (2000).

See also listing at:
Read article on H.K. Silvey at ozarksalive.com [1]

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