Black Foot Waltz

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 Composer/Core Source    Biography:Clark Kessler
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 Time signature    3/4
 History    USA(Central)
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BLACK FOOT WALTZ. American, Waltz. USA, central Missouri. Composed by Clark Kessler. Howard Marshall says the popularity of the tune derives from the playing of central Missouri fiddlers Cleo Persinger (Midway, Mo.), Charlie Cook and Taylor McBaine (Columbia, Mo.). Howard explains: "Black Foot is a small geograhic region of farm and timber land in western Boone County, about 5 miles west of Columbia and near Midway, where Cleo Persinger's farm was located and where he grew up. Black Foot encompasses roughly the area of Perche Township. The name comes from local oral tradition which has it (as told to me by various older people through the years) that they had old-time square dances outside in the summer, and many of the dancers danced bare foot, and by the end of the evening, their feet were "black." (So far as we know, the genesis of the place name has nothing to do with Indian tribes or with black people.) "Black Foot Waltz" is a good tune and hard to get right, typical of the carefully-mounted waltzes rendered by fiddlers like Persinger, Charlie Cook, and Leroy Canaday that offer ample opportunity to show off one's abilities with powerful bowing and powerful, articulate double stops. Waltzes like that have double stops just about all they way through which is they way Mr. Canaday likes it."

Recorded source: Voyager Records VCD353, Leroy Canaday (Missouri) - "Old Dan Tucker Was A Fine Old Man" (learned from fellow Missourian Cleo Persinger).