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BLACKBERRY WALTZ. Old-Time, Waltz. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Nonnie Presson, who, with her brother Bulow Smith, comprised the Perry County Music Makers. Presson played the a fretless zither (with five chords that she had custom-made), wrote songs, and sang, and the duo recorded a few sides before World War II. Source Fred Stoneking learned the tune from his father, Lee Stoneking, who lived in the northern Ozarks in Missouri. A companion piece played by the Stonekings (sharing much melodic material) is the "Blackberry Onestep."
Source for notated versions: Fred Stoneking (b. 1933, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann, Silberberg].
Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozark Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 135. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; p. 6.
Recorded sources: Davis Unlimited DU 33024, Perry County Music Makers - "Going Back to Tennessee" (1976). Rounder CD 0381, Fred Stoneking - "Saddle Old Spike" (1996). Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Fred Stoneking (et al) - "The Art of Traditional Fiddle" (2001).