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Author Topic: The Mississippi Mud Steppers  (Read 338 times)

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The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:00:45 PM »
Vicksburg Stomp - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: E-flat (s)
Main guitar position: E-flat
Fiddle position: n/a
Mandolin position: E-flat
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 06:07:04 AM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 08:01:47 PM »
Sunset Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: B-flat (s)
Main guitar position: B-flat
Fiddle position: B-flat
Mandolin position: B-flat
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 14, 2020, 06:16:25 PM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 08:14:30 PM »
Jackson Stomp - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: B (f)
Main guitar position: B-flat
Fiddle position: n/a
Mandolin position: B-flat
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 06:00:46 AM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 08:15:32 PM »
Farewell Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: B-flat (s)
Main guitar position: B-flat
Fiddle position: n/a
Mandolin position: B-flat
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 06:01:46 AM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2017, 08:16:52 PM »
Morning Glory Waltz - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: A (f)
Main guitar position: B-flat
Fiddle position: n/a
Mandolin position: B-flat
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 06:02:35 AM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 08:17:58 PM »
Alma Waltz (Ruby Waltz) - Mississippi Mud Steppers
Actual pitch: F (s)
Main guitar position: F
Fiddle position: F
Mandolin position: F
Second guitar position: n/a



Lyrics:
Instrumental
« Last Edit: July 21, 2020, 06:03:23 AM by Johnm »

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2020, 06:11:35 AM »
Hi all,
Frankie entered the posts preceding this one a couple of years ago in his "Orbit of the Mississippi Sheiks" thread.  Since the performances are all instrumentals, it seemed like they might be more appropriate for the Main Forum rather than the Country Blues Lyrics board.  If you have information on the personnel of the Mississippi Mud Steppers, please feel free to add it here.  Thanks, and thanks to Frank for sending so much information over here.
All best,
Johnm

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2020, 02:52:52 PM »
DGR says it's a pseudonym for the Mississippi Sheiks 15 December 1930 sessions. I sometimes find their notation a bit cryptic, but if I have it right:

Walter Vinson, prob. guitar, Charlie McCoy, prob. mandolin or banjo Mandolin, Unknown, violin, either one, spoken on Jackson Stomp.

Sounds like they guessed based on listening.  I would not be surprised John, if your ear could confirm that. The sides were issued in the Hillbilly series. They also say Jackson Stomp is actually Charlie McCoy's version of Cow Cow Blues.  Another set of great sides.  Jackson Stomp is an old favorite of mine.

Added: Could not find a record of Charlie recording Cow Cow Blues.  I wonder what was the origin of that assertion.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2020, 12:51:43 PM by eric »
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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2020, 04:54:59 PM »
The Mississippi Mud Steppers sides were recorded during a Columbia/Okeh field trip to Jackson Mississippi in mid-December 1930.  Both Bo Carter and Lonnie Chatmon were present during the field trip.  I think it's safe to assume that one or the other of them was probably playing the violin.

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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2020, 04:25:27 AM »
DGR says it's a pseudonym for the Mississippi Sheiks 15 December 1930 sessions. I sometimes find They also say Jackson Stomp is actually Charlie McCoy's version of Cow Cow Blues... Added: Could not find a record of Charlie recording Cow Cow Blues.  I wonder what was the origin of that assertion.

What is meant is that Jackson Stomp is Charlie McCoy's version of an existing song called Cow Cow Blues. This is a blues standard usually credited to Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, who made his first recording of it in 1925 and became closely-enough identified with it that it gave him his life-long nickname. But there is another twist in the story, as Charlie McCoy also recorded another version of Cow Cow -- with his own lyrics -- under his own name. That was called That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away, and was recorded -- with probably Bo Carter on guitar -- later in the same Dec 15, 1930, session in which the Mudsteppers' version was made. (The recording sequence on that day in a makeshift studio at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, Ms, was Mudsteppers, six tracks, Bo Carter, six tracks, Charlie McCoy three tracks. Wouldn't ya love to have been there.)   



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Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2020, 07:47:16 AM »
Whoa, what a great side.  Thanks for explanation alyoung.
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