X:1 T:Tupelo Blues M:C| L:1/8 N:The opening three notes are repeated variously six and eight times. D:Victor Vi21534 (78RPM), Floyd (Hoyt) Ming & His Pep Steppers (1928) D:Document DOCD-8009, "Mississippi String Bands vol. 1" D:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2uwQnkrhL4 B:Phillips - Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 2 (1995, p. 152) K:C J([ee]^d|.[e2e2]) (e^d J.e2) (ed|J.e2) (e^d J.e2) (ed|[M:3/2]J.e2) (e^d .e2)a2 g2 (e^d |[M:C|].e2) (e^d .e2)e2| [E6c6]:| J[e2e2]-|[M:2/4][ee]d cG|[M:C|]J[F2A2] [F2A2]-[F2A2] (A^G|A6) J[e2e2]-[ee]dcA GE3|[E6c6] JB2-| BBGB AG2-D|g6 JB2-|BBGB AG2-D|G6 J[e2e2]-|[ee]dcA G-E3|[E6c6]|| [de]-|[ee][ee]z2 J[e2e2]z2 J[e2e2]|z2 J[e2e2]z2 J[e2e2]|z2 J[e2e2]z2 J[e2e2]|z2 J[e2e2]
TUPELO BLUES. AKA and see "Florida Blues." American, Country Blues. USA, Mississippi. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was learned by fiddler Hoyt Ming from fellow Mississippi fiddler Forrest Quinn of Sturgis, Mississippi as "Florida Blues," but recording director R.S. Peer did not think the title appropriate for a Mississippi band so had it changed on the record label.
The Pep Steppers were a family band that recorded in Memphis, Tenn., in Feb., 1928, and consisted of Hoyt Ming playing fiddle, Troy Ming on mandolin and wife Rozelle Ming on guitar. The 'pep-stepping' can be heard clearly on their recording of "Tupelo Blues", a heavy step of the feet by the group on the beat. It is reminiscent of French-Canadian podorhythmie (foot stepping while playing an instrument), but not as sophisticated.