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 Theme code Index    3H3H3H 115
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Waltz/Valse/Vals
 Key/Tonic of    F
 Accidental    1 flat
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    3/4
 History    USA(Ozarks/Western Tenn)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Gene Silberberg
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn't Learn at Tractor Tavern
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 6
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2004
 Artist    Biography:Perry County Music Makers
 Title of recording    Going Back to Tennessee
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Davis Unlimited DU 33024
 Year recorded    1976
 Score   ()   

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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).