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TEN STEPS FORWARD. American. The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford (b. 1882) played a song called “Ten Steps” (which he recorded whilst playing on North Carolinian Marcus Martin’s fiddle), and said of it: “When a boy of ten, I used to ride behind my father over to Little Ivy in Madison County, NC, to hear my great uncle Os Deaver play the fiddle. He was a good old-time fiddler. He played a tune called ‘Ten Steps’; I have never heard it played since I was a boy"[1]. There is no way to ascertain if this is the same tune mentioned by Randolph.


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  1. Smithsonian/Folkways CD40082, Bascom Lamar Lunsford - “Ballads, Banjo Tunes & Sacred Songs of Western North Carolina.”