The Completely Lost Mississippi Fiddle Tunes

 

Double-CD recording with 62-tracks recorded with 44 of the finest old time musicians.

In the course of my extensive research into Mississippi fiddle tunes and their sources, I’ve come across dozens of orphaned titles where the melodies were lost. These 1930s era titles were noted in passing descriptions of local repertoire in WPA research, academic research, accounts of fiddle contests, lost 78rpm master recordings and advertisements for contests. The loss of these bits of our heritage has haunted me. Eventually I resolved, with the help of my good friend Pat Conte, to expend our best efforts to “re-discovering” these completely lost melodies and their sources. We do hope you enjoy the fruits of our work.

Read the Review on Old TIme Central

Download PDF with transcriptions and chords for some of the tunes. (Final updated version of the book, 2/2020)

Digital Downloads of the recordings are available at Bandcamp

Disc 1 (Tracks 1-34)
The "vintage lost Misssissippi recordings." Some of the other recordings can be difficult listening.

Disc 2 (tracks 35- 63)
Our modern field recordings.

 

Please note that on "Dutch Warbler," the guitarist is Sasha Hsuczyk!
This unfortunate error and misspellings of names in the notes are all mine.