Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bill and Belle Reed - Columbia 15336-D


Bill and Bell Reed / Columbia 15336-D
You Shall Be Free / Old Lady And The Devil
recorded October 17, 1928 in Johnson City, Tennessee

Here is another "only disc recorded by an artist". Most people into old time music will have heard the Old Lady And The Devil side as it has been issued on a few cd`s and also was recorded by The New Lost City Ramblers. This tune is of course about a farmer that swapped his wife to the devil and she was so mean and hateful that the devil tried to return her, but the farmer wouldn`t have her back. I`ve wondered many times why the song on the other side of the disc had never been re-issued, as the title You Shall Be Free sounds like it might be a gospel tune. It turns out to be a version of the old Shout Mourner/Mona, You Shall Be Free song, but it`s a pretty derogatory "coon song" type tune. So, please be warned. If you are offended by this type of material, please don`t listen to it. I think it`s just another part of our music history to present here. Happy listening!

Click here to download Bill and Belle Reed - Columbia 15366-D

Eddie Albert - The Eddie Albert Album


Here is the most "un-country" disc I`ve posted I think, but a friend of mine and I were talking about it while back so I`m posting it for him. Eddie Albert is of course best known as Mr. Douglas from the old Green Acres television show. And devoted fan of the show will remember Mr. Douglas playing a guitar a couple times on the show. I never had thought he actually may have been a musician till I found this LP. I hate to call this disc country as he kind of defies any musical category. If you went shopping for this record when it came out I`m sure it would have been filed in the country section, or possibly folk. I hear a mix of country, folk and sort of a soft rock in amongst the tracks. There are a couple of singalong type songs with tenor banjo, a long version of the Green Acres theme song and even a Beatles tune. Give it a listen!


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The Bill Ring Show - #51, 52, 53, 54, 55 & 56






Here is the next SIX Bill Ring Shows. Thought I`d post a few since it`s been a while since I`ve posted. Enjoy!

Track list for #51---
1. Can`t Win, Can`t Place, Can`t Show - Bill Ring
2. Columbus Stockade Blues - Doc Martin
3. I`m Gonna Have A Cowboy Wedding - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. I`m In A Crowd But So Alone - Bill Ring
5. Yodelin` Guitar - Speedy Haworth
6. Who At My Door Is Standing - Bill Ring

Track list for # 52---
1. Giles County, Pulaski Post Office, In The State Of Tennessee - Bill Ring
2. Liberty - Speedy Haworth
3. This Won`t Be The First Time - Sally Briggs
4. I`m Throwing Rice At The Girl I Love - Bill Ring
5. Twin Guitar Special - Doc Martin & Speedy Haworth
6. I Ain`t Gonna Do Tomorrow What I Can`t Get Done Today - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #51/52

Track list for #53---
1. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Bill Ring
2. guitar duet - Speedy Haworth & Doc Martin
3. Blues In My Heart - Bill Ring
4. Wyoming Cowboy`s Love Yodel - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
5. Country Way - Speedy Haworth
6. Old Shep - Bill Ring

Track list for #54---
1. John Henry - Bill Ring
2. That`s The Kind Of Love I`m Looking For - Speedy Haworth
3. I`d Rather Die Young Than Grow Old Without You - Sally Briggs
4. Dangerous Ground - Bill Ring
5. steel guitar solo - Doc Martin
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #53/54

Track list for #55---
1. They All Go Native On A Saturday Night - Bill Ring
2. I Ain`t Got Nobody - Doc Martin
3. Sleepy Rio Grande - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Say Your Mine Again - Bill Ring
5. Bryant`s Boogie - Speedy Haworth
6. Sweet Adeline - Bill Ring

Track list for #56---
1. Crawdad Hole - Bill Ring
2. guitar solo - Speedy Haworth
3. Wheel Of Fortune - Sally Briggs
4. I Know It, But Does She - Bill Ring
5. The Panhandle Two-Step - Doc Martin
6. God`s Little Candles - Bill Ring

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show #55/56

Monday, March 14, 2016

Calhoun Sacred Quartet - Victor 20543


Calhoun Sacred Quartet - Victor 20543
Life`s Railway To Heaven / The Church In The Wildwood
recorded February 16, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia

Here`s yet one more "only disc issued" offering. What we have here is a group that`s sort of split off from the Georgia Yellow Hammers. The artists are Lawrence Neal, Philip Reeve, Ernest Moody, George Pickard with Jewell Reeve on piano. Both Philip Reeve and Ernest Moody were in the Georgia Yellow Hammers, as well as recording as a duet on their own and in another group called the Turkey Mountain Singers. I suppose they are called the Calhoun Sacred Quartet here due to the fact they were from the Calhoun, Georgia area.
Both of the tunes are very well known old country gospel standards.

Click here to download the Calhoun Sacred Quartet - Victor 20543

Country Music Jamboree - Mercury 20350


Here`s a fun various artists LP, sort of a sampler on the Mercury label. Happy downloading!


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The Bill Ring Show - #49 & 50


Here we are with the next Bill Ring Show. Enjoy!

Track list show #49---
1. Divorce Me C.O.D. - Bill Ring
2. Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider - Doc Martin
3. The Blue Tail Fly - Slim Wilson & The Tall Timber Trio
4. Many Tears Ago - Bill Ring
5. The Finley Creek Blues - Speedy Haworth
6. Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere - Bill Ring

Track list for show #50---
1. Sleepin` At The Foot Of The Bed - Bill Ring
2. Echoes From The Hills - Speedy Haworth
3. That`s When I Love You Best - Sally Briggs
4. Why Should I Cry - Bill Ring
5. The Blues In A - Doc Martin
6. Down The Trail Of Aching Hearts - Bill Ring & Sally Briggs

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #49-50

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tom And Chuck - Victor V-40305


Tom And Chuck - Victor V-40305
White River Road / At The End Of The Lane
recorded August 15, 1930 in Hollywood, California
Here`s another "only disc recorded by these artists" disc. The artists names were Tom Murray and Chuck Cook. The were members of Beverly Hill Billies and I assumed there was a connection between both out fits recording till I noticed the Beverly Hill Billies recorded for Brunswick. I had assumed also that Tom & Chuck were the same Tom that recorded in 1933 as Tom & Don and Tom & Roy, but they are not. That`s about the only information I know about these artists. There may be some information on the "interweb" if you are interested  in looking. The songs have kind of the pop-ish sound some country records had at the time, as in a pop type tune performed in a country fashion. My copy of this disc is nearly mint, so the sound quality is great. Enjoy!

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Jimmie Skinner`s #1 Bluegrass


I`ll be the first person to admit that Jimmie Skinner had a "unique" voice, but I sure like him.  I`m thinking this is about the last record he made. He was kinda on both sides of the country/bluegrass fence. He wrote many songs recorded by both type of artists, and even on some of his own recordings where he recorded a song more than once he himself could sound like bluegrass or country. So if you are unfamiliar with him, I`d say give this a download!


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The Bill Ring Show - #47-48


Here we are once again with the next Bill Ring Show. Happy listening!

Track list for show #47---
1. Anytime - Bill Ring
2. Papa`s Jumpin` - Speedy Haworth & Doc Martin
3. Land Beyond The Sun - Slim Wilson And The Tall Timber Trio
4. The Little Girl In My Hometown - Bill Ring
5. Remington Ride - Speedy Haworth
6. Mon And Dad`s Waltz - Bill Ring

Track list for show #48---
1. Detour - Bill Ring
2. Midnight - Speedy Haworth
3. I Long To Tell You - Sally Briggs
4. Sunbonnet Sue - Bill Ring
5. Sugar Moon - Doc Martin
6. Nobody`s Business - Bill Ring & Sally Briggs

Click here to download The Bill Ring Show - #47&48

Monday, February 22, 2016

Burke Brothers / Victor V-40294


Burke Brothers - Victor V-40294
At Last My Dreams Have Come True / Lonesome And Lonely
recorded October 22, 1929 in Dallas, Texas

Here is another group that recorded only one disc. I really don`t know any information about them other than they had recorded with Jimmie Rodgers. Both songs are what, at the time, I`d call "pop-ish" country. They aren`t outstanding sides, but are quite nice in voice and I really like the lap style steel played in the early country-Hawaiian style. Happy listening!

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