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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.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hoyt Ming (Miss.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 152.

Recorded sources : - County 528, Floyd (Hoyt) Ming & His Pepsteppers - "Mississippi Breakdown: Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi, vol. 1.” Document DOCD 8009, "Mississippi String Bands vol. 1" (1997). Victor Vi 21534 (78 RPM), Floyd Ming & His Pep Steppers (1928. The recording company gave Ming’s name as “Floyd” instead of “Hoyt”, perhaps trying to ‘normalize’ it).

See also listing at :
Hear Hoyt Ming's 1928 recording at Slippery Hill [1] and youtube.com [2]



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