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WINONA RAG. American, Country Rag (cut time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The Ray Brothers of Choctaw County, Chester, Mississippi, were fiddler Will Ray with his brother Vardman on guitar, although there were more brothers in the musical family. Artist and researcher Robert "R." Crumb is of the opinion that they "formed one of the finest fiddle-guitar ensembles ever recorded, rivaled only by the Stripling Brothers, their Alabama twins"[1]. They recorded a total of ten tunes, for Victor Records, in November, 1930.

Winona is a town in north-central Mississippi.


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Recorded sources : - Document 8028, The Ray Brothers - "Mississippi String Bands, vol. 2" (reissue). Musical Traditions MTC 104, The Ray Brothers - "Where the Southern Crosses the Dog" (1995). Victor Records 23713 (78 RPM), Ray Brothers (1930).

See also listing at :
Hear the Ray Brothers' recording at youtube.com [1] and Slippery Hill [2]



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  1. R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country Music, p. 194.