Sunday, November 29, 2015
Frank Wilson & His Blue Ridge Mountain Trio / Columbia 15372-D
Polly Ann / Katy-Did Waltz
recorded February 20, 1929 in New York City, New York
Here is one more disc that was the only side recorded by a group. The pickers are Charlie Bowman on fiddle, Frank Wilson on slide guitar and Walter Bowman on banjo. All these men recorded in other combinations with other groups. The slide guitar sound, which I`m sure is played lap style here, gives this combination a unique sound. Then with the addition of finger picked banjo gives them a sort of a parlor music sound to me. My copy of this disc is in decent shape, though both sides start kind of noisy but get better as they play. It`s plenty listenable. Happy downloading!
Click here to download Frank Wilson & His Blue Ridge Mountain Trio - Columbia 15372-D
We have sure had some nasty weather the last few days, so I thought I`d post a Hawaiian themed LP to cheer us up. And who better to cheer us up than the great Roy Smeck?! Just the pictures on the cover perks me up just a little bit. Happy listening!
Click here to download Roy Smeck - Hi-Fi Paradise
Here`s the next episode of The Bill Ring Show. This disc was pretty scratchy, so these two shows are kind of noisy. Ah, the sacrifices we make to hear good, real country music! Enjoy!
Track list for show #33---
1. Barbara Polka - Bill Ring
2. Fat Boy Rag - Speedy Haworth & Doc Martin
3. Forgotten Trails - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. I`d Rather Die Young - Bill Ring
5. To You From Me With Love - Speedy Haworth
6. Crying In The Chapel - Bill Ring
Track list for show #34---
1. Music Makin` Mama From Memphis, Tennessee - Bill Ring
2. Johnson Rag - Speedy Haworth, Doc Martin & Bill Ring
3. You Upset My Apple Cart - Sally Briggs
4. Blues In My Heart - Bill Ring
5. Till I Waltz Again With You - Speedy Haworth
6. Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Bill Ring
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #33&34
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Bang Boys / Vocalion 03372
When Lulu`s Gone / Doin` It The Old Fashioned Way
recorded October 23, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois
Here`s a pretty rare find! We have Roy Acuff and the Crazy Tennesseeans under a pseudonym as Bang Boys. The songs on this are pretty racy, especially When Lulu`s Gone. I`ve heard Roy Acuff mention a record he made early in his career he didn`t even want his name on, this is it. He wouldn`t even talk about the record, he had cultivated a clean image through the decades of his career and didn`t really want to be connected to this. It`s a great disc with some fine music by the band. It`s a fun listen for sure. Happy listening!
Click here to download Bang Boys - Vocalion 03372
Classic City Quartet / Columbia 15566-D
I`ll Be Singing `Round The Throne Someday / Hold Thou To Me
recorded November 6, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia
Here is some good, solid old southern gospel, recorded right at the time of the stock market crash. This is the only recording this group made and I have no information about them, nor are the songs familiar to me. Enjoy!
Click here to download Classic City Quartet / Columbia 15566-D
Here`s some hard-core country gospel music! Esco Hankins was a Roy Acuff sound-a-like, so if you like Roy Acuff, you`ll likely like this.
Click here to download Esco Hankins - Mother Left Me Her Bible To Show Me The Way
Here`s the next Bill Ring Show. One little thing of intrest---the song Nichols` Junction is likely written by Doc Martin. On the west side of Springfield, Mo there`s an area natives still call Nichols` Junction.
I`m hoping to start posting more often as winter comes. Seems music related activity is easier to make time for in the winter.
Track list for show #31---
1. Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy - Bill Ring
2. Gosh I Miss You All The Time - Doc Martin
3. Rag Mop - Slim Wilson And The Tall Timber Trio
4. Crybaby Heart - Bill Ring
5. Trademark - Speedy Haworth
6. Mansion Over The Hill Top - Bill Ring
Track list for show #32---
1. Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - Bill Ring
2. Country Gentleman - Speedy Haworth
3. I Don`t Mind - Sally Briggs
4. Call Her Your Sweetheart - Bill Ring
5. Nichols` Junction - Doc Martin
6. Catfish, Take A Look At That Worm - Bill Ring
Click here to download Bill Ring Show #31&32
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Akins Birmingham Boys - Columbia 15348-D
I Walked And Walked / There Ain`t No Flies On Auntie
recorded October 31, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia
Here is another group that only recorded one disc. My copy of this is pretty rough, but it`s plenty listenable. I don`t know anything about this group. Both of the songs sound like they might be old comedy pop tunes of the Vaudeville type. Enjoy!
Click here to download Akins Birmingham Boys - Columbia 15348-D
Here`s a pretty neat LP. Carson Robison was a country recording artist from the beginning of the recorded country music industry and was on hundreds, if not thousands of old 78`s. He started as sort of a studio artist playing guitar and singimg harmony for Vernon Dalhart, then he started recording solo and with other artists also. He also wrote many songs. His specialty in the 1920`s was disaster and topical songs.
I`m not sure, but I think the recordings on the LP were the last recordings he made, and most if not all of them were issued on 78`s and 45`s. I`m pretty sure all the material here is likely written by him. So we have some comedy songs, some cowboy material, some skit type tracks and some topical songs that borderline on propaganda. He wrote many anti-Hitler and anti-enemy songs during World War 2 and some anti-Communist items after the war, one of which can be heard here. Happy downloading!
Click here to download Carson Robison - Life Gets Tee-Jus Don`t It
Hey neighbors, here`s the next Bill Ring Show---Happy Listening!
Tracks for show #29---
1. Cuddle Buggin` Baby - Bill Ring
2. You Cheating Heart - Doc Martin
3. Don`t Rob Another Man`s Castle - Bill Ring
4. Columbus Stockade Blues - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
5. Rub-A-Dub-Dub - Speedy Haworth
6. Steal Away - Bill Ring
Tracks for show #30---
1. You Gotta See Momma Every Night - Bill Ring
2. Bummin Around - Speedy Haworth
3. The Whisper Waltz - Sally Briggs
4. All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart - Bill Ring
5. Georgia Steel Guitar - Doc Martin
6. Baby We`re Really In Love - Bill Ring
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #29&30