Sunday, June 8, 2014

The World Of Folk Music - shows #188/189


Here`s an unusual item I never knew existed until I stumbled across these discs on ebay. I have about six of these discs and will be posting them all. So... what we have here is a transcription disc of a radio show hosted by Oscar Brand. Each side of each disc has a guest on it. Before I listened to these I figured the show was done by using existing recordings by the guests, but no, they are recordings made just for this show. We also get a little bit of back and forth talk between Oscar Brand and the guests. These discs were made for information about Social Security, as you will hear by the stories on the sides in lieu of advertisements.
Show #188`s guests are Sam and Kirk McGee with Arthur Smith
Track list---
1. Bow Ye Down - Oscar Brand
2. Dusty Miller - The McGee Brothers and Fiddlin` Arthur Smith
3. story
4. Roll On Buddy - The McGee Brothers and Fiddlin` Arthur Smith
5. Great Granddad - Oscar Brand

Show #189`s guest is a group called The Tripjacks. I have no idea who they were, nor do I care for their style of singing, but I`ve posted the disc as a whole.
Track list---
1. The Hind Part Of A Mule - Oscar Brand
2. Let Me Fly - The Tripjacks
3. story
4. Child Of The Moonlight - The Tripjacks
5. Lowlands - Oscar Brand

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Alf. Taylor and his Old Limber Quartet - Victor 19451


Alf. Taylor and his Old Limber Quartet / Victor 19451
Pharoah`s Army Got Drownded / Brother Noah Built An Ark
recorded August 11, 1924 in New York City
What an unusual record! First, Alfred Taylor was an ex-governor of Tennessee, as had his brother Bob also. Alf & Bob actually were of different political parties, one being a Democrat, the other a Republican. They ran against each other at least in one election. This campaign became known as Tennessee`s War Of The Roses, as apparantly the campaign between the two brothers was quite friendly. Both brothers were old-time fiddlers and both played at the campaign rallies. Old time music was quite common at campaign rallies up into the 1950`s. For instance, in Georgia, Both Fiddlin` John Carson and Gid Tanner both fiddled for governor`s campaigns. These campaigns must have been quite a sight to see, and hear!
Now, concerning the record---although Alf Taylor was an old time fiddler, no fiddle music is on this disc. He recorded about three sided besides what is on this record that were fiddle tunes, but for some reason they were never issued on disc. Reading the description on the Pharoah`s Army Got Drownded Side, I expected to hear a Fox Chase type tune, something similar to harmonicaist DeFord Bailey`s Fox Chase or the old Gid Tanner Fox Chase record. But no, we get a narrative from Alf Taylor about a fox hunt, then a "Negro" (in Alf Taylor`s words) quartet sing the old spiritual number, Mary Don`t You Weep. The quartet is quite good. Then on the other side is another number by the "Negro" quartet sang quite well. And what an unusual name for a group, The Old Limber Quartet. Well, Alf Taylor gives us a hint in his narrative about where that name may have came from, a favorite hound named Old Limber. Happy downloading!

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The Carter Family Sings The Country Album


Sorry to have not been posting every week as usual. I`ve been really busy with work lately and had many busy weekends too. Anyhow, we are moving ahead with the Mother Maybelle Carter related material. Here`s a good LP of her and her daughters. Enjoy!





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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tess and Cass - Broadway 8094


Tess and Cass / Broadway 8094
Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me / Curse Of An Aching Heart
recorded May 1928 in Chicago, Illinois
Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me has sort of a jaunty spiritual sound to me. Curse Of An Aching Heart is an old tear jerker. The Broadway label was a subsidiary label for Paramount.This record was issued on Paramount 3103 under the name Thompson Cates, which would have been the artists real name.

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The Bill Ring Show - #11&12

Here is the next Bill Ring Show transcription. Enjoy!

Show #11---
1. Ragtime Annie Lee - Bill Ring
2. Careless Love - Speedy Haworth
3. Santa Fe Trail - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Tennessee Tango - Bill Ring
5. Crazy `Cause I Love You - Doc Martin
6. Mandy Lee I Love You - Bill`s Barber Shop Quartet

Show #12---
1. Ain`t You Tired Of Makin` Me Blue? - Bill Ring
2. Bo-Bo-Boogie - Doc Martin
3. My Bundle Of Southern Sunshine - Sally Briggs
4. Withered Roses - Bill Ring
5. The Green Light - Speedy Haworth
6. Mexicalli Rose - Bill Ring & Sally Briggs

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #11&12

Sara and Maybelle Carter - An Historic Reunion


Here`s the next entry of the Mother Maybelle Carter series. What we have here is a great LP of Maybelle and Sara Carter, two members of what we now call The Original Carter Family. Download it, it`s a good `un!





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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mumford Bean And His Itawambians - OKeh 45303


Mumford Bean And His Itawambians / OKeh 45303
Slow Time Waltz / Flow Rain Waltz
recorded February 17, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee
Here we have the only record issued for Mumford Bean, although he recorded two other sides that were un-issued. I can`t tell you much about Mumford Bean, except to say that he is the fiddler on the record and that he was twelve years old when this was recorded. What`s an Itawambian you might ask? It is a county in north east Mississippi. What an odd name for a county, and a fiddler.
As far as the tunes go, they are both waltzes that I`ve never heard anywhere else. As for the performance of the tunes, they sound sort of stiff to me. But, we have to remember that Mr. Bean was only twelve years old. Happy downloading!

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Lorne Greene - Portrait Of The West


Here`s something that might seem a little out of the scope of my blog, but I like this. Lorne Greene is of course most famous for playing the dad on the old TV western, Bonanza. So what other actor might be more qualified to make a western record? As anyone knows that has ever saw him in a movie or on TV, he had a very deep, smooth voice. His voice makes for a pretty commanding performance of some of the tracks on this LP. Give it a download and enjoy it!





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Mother Maybelle Carter - A Living Legend


Here is the last Mother Maybelle LP I Have to post. Next in this "series" I`ll be posting some Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters LP`s. Stay tuned!






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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jess Young & Young Brothers Tennessee Band complete Columbia recordings

What I have for you all here is the complete recordings of the Young Brothers Tennessee Band and Jess Young on the Columbia label. They also recorded for Gennett, but I only have one side from these recordings. I don`t really know any history on Jess Young or the group, but I do like their string band style, so give it a listen. Happy downloading!






Young Brothers Tennessee Band / Columbia 15219-D
Bill Bailey Won`t You Please Come Home / Are You From Dixie?
recorded November 8, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia
Here we have a good old-time string band record of two greatly popular old pop tunes.





Jess Young`s Tennessee Band / Columbia 15338-D
Fiddle Up / Oh! My Lawd
recorded October 25, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia
Here we have the addition of a Columbia employee, Dan Hornsby, doing the vocals on this this session. Fiddle Up sound like a pop tune to me, Oh! My Lawd sounds like sort of a re-working of some traditional old-time verses (for example lyrics from All Night Long and an instrumental break from sort of a modified version of Going Down The Road Feeling Bad) into sort of an older pop style tune.





Jess Young`s Tennessee Band / Columbia 15400-D
Sweet Bunch Of Daisies / Silver Bell
recorded April 19, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia
Sweet Bunch Of Daisies was a hugely popular tune in the old-time record catalogs. Silver Bell had been a popular tune about an Indian maiden in the early 1900`s.





Jess Young`s Tennessee Band / Columbia 15431-D
The Old K-C / Lovin` Henry
recorded April 19, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia
The Old K-C was a pretty popular fiddle tune with sort of a bluesy sound to it. I think Lovin` Henry was likely an old pop tune, not the same song as Loving Henry Lee as I thought it likely was before I listened to the record.





Jess Young`s Tennessee Band / Columbia 15493-D
Take A Look At That Baby / Old Weary Blues
recorded November 4, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia
Take A Look At That Baby is would have been a current pop/jazz tune at the time. Old Weary Blues has the classic string band blues tune sound.

Click here to download Jess Young & Young Brothers Tennessee Band complete Columbia recordings