Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Bashful Brother Oswald - Dobro & Banjo LP on the Tennessee Records label
Here is another LP by one of my favorites, Bashful Brother Oswald. I believe this is a quite rare reord, I didn`t even know this existed till I found it on ebay one day. There`s some great music here. Most of these tunes are not songs Oswald routinely performed.
The Tennessee Records label was a label that dobro picker Tut Taylor had in the 1970`s. I have no idea how many records Tut released on this label.
One interesting thing on this album is the first song is sort of an advertisement. Oswald mentions he`s going to pick banjo the way the Tennessee mountain banjo style. Tut Taylor also owned and ran Tennessee musical instrument building company and had a model of open back 5 string banjo that was supposedly the "Oswald" model. I have got to actually play one (likely wasn`t many made) and it was a good `un. There was also a Grandpa Jones model planned. I don`t know if either model was ever put into production. There was also an "Oswald" model dobro, but I`m sure there was very few if any built.
We have the usual crew here for an Oswald record---fellow Smoky Mountain Boy Charlie Collins, Norman Blake, Tut Taylor and someone named Dave Daughtery, which I know nothing about.
I`m sure th instruments in the LP cover picture are "Oswald" models, too bad they can`t be seen well. On another Oswald LP called That`s Country I`m 100% sure the banjo in the picture on the album cover is an "Oswald" model. The one that I played had identical inlays on the finger board. Now I`ll have to post that record so you can see the banjo.
Click here to download Bashful Brother Oswald - Banjo & Dobro