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    Default The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    Too much fun!

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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    Sounds like mandolin-banjo to me; what do others think?

    Mud Steppers were a derivative of the great Mississippi Sheiks, organized around the multi-talented Chatmon family (Sitting On Top of The World, etc.).
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    O boy, if that isn't a mandolin-banjo, I'm one.
    Anyone actually likes that sound beyond "peculiar"?
    Would you believe I worked through Jack Tottle's book on a thing like that?

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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    Right you are Allen. According to the All Music site: "During a recording session of the classic 1930s string band Mississippi Sheiks, several band members cut a few songs under the moniker, the Mississippi Mud Steppers. Guitarist Walter Vinson, banjo player and mandolinist Charlie McCoy, and (probably) fiddler Lonnie Chatmon recorded six songs, including the tune "Alma Waltz," for Okeh's hillbilly catalog."

    I got to this from the link to Barry Mitterhoff's version on the Cafe home page.

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    Ah, Jaycat! You've made me smile once again after a lousy day! I guess it might be time to get this "up and running".
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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    Now that is the stuff right there! Jackson Stomp is another hot tune.
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    Sad story, Tim. What's with the pickguard, is that original?

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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    It is original, as is the somewhat disheveled case. Hard to see but, there's an original arm rest on it too.

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    Default Re: The Mississippi Mud Steppers

    I love what those guys did - "Papa" Charlie McCoy wrote some great tunes, and yes, a banjo mandolin: no doubt chosen for it's volume back in the days before PA's.

    Jackson stomp is another great tune:



    But I also like some of their slower stuff, even if it is delightfully out of tune:



    This ones a bit more in tune:


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