Sunday, August 31, 2014
Barnyard Steve / OKeh 45366
Out On The Farm / Arkansas Bill Green
recorded June 26, 1929 in Dallas, Texas
Here`s an oddity for sure, certainly a novelty as the label description says. This is the only record this man made, I don`t even know what his real name was. This type of record was popular in the early recording industry from the 1890`s up till the early teens. I guess OKeh must have thought the market was ripe for one more disc of this type. Out On The Farm is a bunch of farm sound imitations. Arkansas Bill Green is a Jew`s harp tune. Happy downloading!
Click here to download Barnyard Steve - OKeh 45366
Here`s sort of an oddity. This is obviously a story telling record. The telling of tall tales is nearly a lost art now. We still have comedy albums, but story telling is altogether a category of its own. What we have here is a Cajun story teller in the fashion of Justin Wilson. I have no more information about Cajun Pete than what can be read on the back of this LP cover. Hope it tickles your funny bone!
Click here to download Cajun Pete - Tales Of The Bayou
Here`s a continuation of the Mother Maybelle Carter series I had been posting. I believe I have posted all the Mother Maybelle material I had, so now I will be posting some of here records with the Carter Sisters, etc. Hope you enjoy it!
Click here to download The Carter Family with Johnny Cash - Keep On The Sunny Side
Sunday, June 8, 2014
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
1. Bow Ye Down - Oscar Brand
2. Dusty Miller - The McGee Brothers and Fiddlin` Arthur Smith
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.
1. The Hind Part Of A Mule - Oscar Brand
2. Let Me Fly - The Tripjacks
4. Child Of The Moonlight - The Tripjacks
5. Lowlands - Oscar Brand
Click here to download The World Of Folk Music - shows #188/189
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!
Click here to download Alf. Taylor and his Old Limber Quartet - Victor 19451
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!
Click here to download The Carter Family Sings The Country Album
Sunday, May 4, 2014
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.
Click here to download Tess and Cass - Broadway 8094
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
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
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!
Click here to download Sara and Maybelle Carter - An Historic Reunion
Sunday, April 27, 2014
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!
Click here to download Mumford Bean And His Itawambians - OKeh 45303