Sunday, February 7, 2016
This post is by an artist often overlooked in the "old-time" music category as a pioneer. Jasper Bisbee is definatly an old-time fiddler, but not in the southern style. He is what I`d consider mostly a New England style fiddler. He has, to my ear, more of a jig fiddling style that I kind of associate with Scotch-Irish styles of fiddling. It`s a more precise style than most southern styles.
He was born in New York state in 1843, making him one of the oldest people to ever record, regardless of music style. He would have been 80 when he cut these sides! He also would have been one of the earliest country artists to record, as these sides were recorded November 24, 1923. Half of these tunes (Money Musk, Girl I Left Behind Me, The Devil`s Dream) are fairly common fiddle tunes, the other half (College Hornpipe, McDonald`s Reel, Opera Reel) are pretty much unknown to me. For further information on him, just do a google search as there are a couple of articles out there about him.
My discs are in pretty good condition except for just a few spots here and there, so sound quality is pretty good. Edisons recording style (sound recorded vertically in the grooves) was really superior to most all other companies at the time, so if you find a pretty nice condition disc, they usually sound good if you have the right equipment to play them on.
Jasper Bisbee - Edison 51278
Opera Reel / McDonald`s Reel
Jasper Bisbee - Edison 51381
Money Musk / The Girl I Left Behind Me - Medley
Jasper Bisbee - Edison 51382
College Hornpipe / The Devil`s Dream
Click here to download Jasper Bisbee - complete Edison recordings
Here`s a pretty rare LP. I`d say these were only sold at Renfro Valley as a souvenir. I`m sure since the catalog number for this ist 112 that this is at least the second LP issued, or possibly the twelfth, assuming they may have started the numbers at 100 or 101. I`ve never found another LP from there. What we have here is some good, real, country music from artists that were on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. Most of the artists will be unknown to most blog followers I`d say unless you were familiar with the barn dance at the time these artists performed. Probably the best known artist on here is Old Joe Clark, who was a long time performer on the show with comedy and several banjo picking styles. Happy downloading!
Click here to download John Lair`s Renfro Valley Barn Dance
Here`s the next Bill Ring Show---enjoy!
Track list for show #41---
1. Bringin` Home The Bacon - Bill Ring
2. Wedding Ring - Speedy Haworth
3. It`s A Cowboy Life For Me - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. A Prison Without Any Walls - Bill Ring
5. Sittin` On Top Of The World - Doc Martin
6. When Jesus Beckoned Me Home - Bill Ring
Track list for #42---
1. You Can`t Break My Heart - Bill Ring
2. Three Miles South Of Cash In Arkansas - Doc Martin
3. I`ll Go On Alone - Sally Briggs
4. If Teardrops Were Pennies - Bill Ring
5. Blacksmith Blues - Speedy Haworth
6. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine - Bill Ring
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #41-42
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Jack Reedy and His Walker Mountain String Band - Brunswick 221
Chinese Breakdown / Ground Hog
recorded mid-February, 1928 in Ashland, Kentucky
Here is another "only disc issued" by an artist. Jack Reedy recorded with The Hill Billies and The Smyth County Ramblers also, but this is the only disc issued as by him with his own group. Both tunes are common string band tunes, but done quite well here. Happy listening!
Click here to download Jack Reedy and His Walker Mountain String Band - Brunswick 221
Here`s a neat LP, and I think quite rare. What we have here is an LP of songs of things Tennessee. Topical type songs. Some of these songs can be heard elsewhere, but I think some of the songs on this may be unique to this LP. The back of the cover mentions a booklet that would come with the LP, but unfortunatley, as usual with LP`s, it is missing. Happy downloading!
Click here to download Historical Ballads Of The Tennessee Valley
Here`s the Next Bill Ring Show----enjoy!
Track list for show #39---
1. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Bill Ring
2. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - Doc Martin
3. Three Ways Of Knowin` - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Eat It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do - Bill Ring
5. Grapevine Swing - Speedy Haworth
6. The Cry Of The Lamb - Bill Ring
Track list for show #40---
1. Won`t You Ride In My Little Red Wagon - Bill Ring
2. Jealous Lies - Doc Martin
3. If You Don`t Believe I`m Leavin`, Just Count The Days I`m Gone - Sally Briggs
4. Crazy Heart - Bill Ring
5. Busy Body - Speedy Haworth
6. The Old Rugged Cross - Bill Ring
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #39-40
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Weaver Brothers - Columbia 45487-D
You Came Back To Me / Prison Sorrows
recorded October 22, 1929 in Johnson City, Tennessee
Here is another group that only had one disc issued. I don`t have any information about them other than their names were Vance & Wiley Weaver and that Lonnie Austin and Roy Harvey are on the sides with them. They have sort of a Charlie Poole band sound. Neither of the songs are unique or rare as they had both been recorded elsewhere on other labels.
Click here to download Weaver Brothers - Columbia 15487-D
Here is three Roy Acuff LP`s that a blog fan had mentioned I hadn`t posted. It`s probably been two years or more since the blog fan had contacted me and asked why I didn`t post them My reply was that all the songs on them were already on the blog on other LP1s or 45`s. He brought it to my attention that there were a few songs that are unique to these LP`s, or that they are different takes than issued elsewhere etc. Sure enough he was right. So I had put these three discs in the pile to transfer and promptly forgot about them. Ha ha! So I was digging through a pile of records a couple of weeks ago and "re"-found these discs. I think with these three discs posted all of his Hickory material is either downloadable here or can be bought on cd. So here we go---
Click here to download Roy Acuff - Treasury Of Country Hits
This Back In The Country LP is the biggest question mark in the lot. There is TWO Hickory LP`s with this title. The two LP`s have mostly different songs on them. I had assumed that both had the same material on them, just having different covers. I believe this one may have been released overseas.
Click here to download Roy Acuff - Back In The Country (Hickory 4507)
The Time LP was a British release. It seems the London and Hickory labels was connected in some way.
Click here to download Roy Acuff - Time
Here`s the next Bill Ring Show. Enjoy!
Track list show #37---
1. The Tennessee Central #9
2. guitar solo - Speedy Haworth
3. Sparkling Blue Eyes - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. A Shanty In Old Shanty Town - Bill Ring
5. Butterfingers - Doc Martin
6. Where He Leads Me I Will Follow - Bill Ring
Track list Show #38---
1. The Love Bug Itch - Bill Ring
2. Bootheel Drag - Doc Martin
3. I`m Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord - Sally Briggs
4. P.S. I Love You - Bill Ring
5. guitar solo - Speedy Haworth
6. My Melancholy Baby - Bill Ring
Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #37-38
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Here`s a post of a group that was pretty popular on WSM`s Grand Ole Opry and WLS`s Barn Dance in the 1920`s. They also recorded many records in the 1920`s. Sometime in the late 1930`s of in the 1940`s they went west to California and I think they had a radio show. Then they did have a very early TV show, likely about the first country music show on any TV station. They were active up into the late 1950`s at least. They recorded an LP which I posted here a few years back. Apparantly they made a few other sporadic recordings in the early to mid 1950`s , as evidenced by my post here today.
I have no information about the session for this 78, I`d just guess very early 1950`s. It`s in fine condition and sounds great! Songs are Cindy and How Many Biscuits Can You Eat. This is about my favorite version of How Many Biscuits Can You Eat as Obed "Dad" Pickard gets pretty spirited with his singing when its his turn to sing.
Click here to download The Pickard Family - Coast 253
I don`t know anything about this session either, I`d just guess mid 1950`s. I`d say this is the only 45 issued by The Pickard Family. Tunes are Keep On The Sunny Side and Tell Me Who. Tell Me Who turns out to be a pretty interesting version of the song Who`s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot, sometimes called Green Valley Waltz.
Click here to download The Pickard Family - Coral 61602