Sunday, May 15, 2011

J.E. Mainer - Volume 13 & 14

Here we are with the next two volumes in the J.E. Mainer series. Volume 13 is the first volume issued after J.E.`s death----

Track list----
1. Hush Money (sounds like a 1940`s hillbilly tune)
2. Diggin` Taters (this is actually the old time Liberty like the Skillet Lickers recorded, appears to be a Georgia tune)
3. You`ll Come To Me (don`t know this one)
4. Flop Eared Mule (the common old fiddle tune)
5. The Right Side (never heard this anywhere else)
6. After The Ball (the familiar old song, possibly with English roots)
7. Raggedy Ann (a common alternate title for Ragtime Annie)
8. Trusting You (sounds like a 1950`s-ish country tune)
9. Fatal Derby Day (an old English ballad popularized by Bradley Kincaid, also performed some by Grandpa Jones)
10. Bucking Mule (this don`t really sound like any mule fiddle tune I know except for the fiddle doing the mule bray)
11. Would You Care (an old tune Roy Acuff recorded, could be J.E.`s source)
12. Southern Melody (sounds like a tune made up by J.E.)
13. An Unfriendly World (don`t know this number, sounds almost Carter Family-ish)
14. Lie To Me Baby (sounds like a sort of 1940`s tune, I can imagine hearing this on a juke box in an old country beer joint somewhere way back in the woods)
15. Dance Around Little Lou (actually the tune is Skip To My Lou)
16. A Sinner`s Song (don`t know this song)
17. Keep Inching Along (sounds like this could have originally been a spiritual type religious song)
18. Nobody (a pop song hit from the early part of the 1900`s sung by Bert Williams)
19. Willie Green (never heard this one anywhere else, may have been inspired by some old blues song)
20. Chicken Reel (the common old fiddle tune)

Click here to download J.E. Mainer - Volume 13

Track list-----
1. I Don`t Mean To Cry When You`re Gone (unfamiliar song to me)
2. Peggy`s Special (this is an old Jenks "Tex" Carman tune he called Hillbilly Hula)
3. Gonna Raise A Rukus Tonight (common old song, I believe originally was a minstrel tune)
4. Sheeps In The Meadow (tune sounds similar to the Skillet Lickers tune Ride Old Buck To Water)
5. Blind Fool Crazy Fool (the common old song called Cabbage Head, or also Three Nights Drunk)
6. The Farmer Is The Man (an old Fiddlin` John Carson song)
7. Rattle Snake Daddy (an old Bill Carlisle he recorded in the 1930`s)
8. Kitty Wells (an old song that may have English origins, recorded originally by Bradley Kincaid and also Vernon Dalhart among others)
9. Old Joe Clark (the common old tune)
10. I`m Going Home (the tune is a common old tune for several different old songs, this set of words is unfamiliar to me though)
11. New Kingdom Coming (an old tune dating back to Civil War times, recorded in the 1920`s by Sam & Kirk McGee as Old Master`s Run Away. Often played as an instrumental)
12. Concord Rag (J.E.`s signature tune)
13. Long Journey Home (common old-time & bluegrass song, also called Black Smoke sometimes)
14. Georgia Black Bottom (the Cofer Brothers record from the 1920`s may have been the source for this tune)
15. Cripple Creek (one of the most common old numbers)
16. Bully Of The Town (a well known Uncle Dave Macon tune, originally a minstrel show and vaudeville number)
17. Why Did I Get Married (an unfamiliar song to me, done to the music from the Prisoner`s Song)
18. Johnson Boys (the common old number)
19. Snake In The Grass (an unfamiliar tune to me, may have spiritual type song roots)
20. You`re The Same Old You (not sure about this one, I believe I may have heard it as You`re The Same Old Used To Be)

Click here to download J.E. Mainer - Volume 14

Here is the text on the back of both of these LP`s----

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My 78`s #6

Stroup Quartet - Columbia 15299-D
The Man Behind The Plow / Dreaming - recorded April 20, 1928
A neat record that I thought would be gospel, but it isn`t. These are just two songs that sort of show off quartet singing. This is the only record this group made. They were likely from the Atlanta, Georgia area as this was recorded in Atlanta. Atlanta was a sort of a music center in the south that Columbia had at least two sessions a year. Columbia recorded MANY old-time country and blues artists in Atlanta.

Bennett Brothers/Brown & Edwards - Lyric 4146
The Memphis Blues/Dolores - likely recorded in the mid teens
A neat record with the famously popular tune Memphis Blues backed with an accordion duet on Dolores

Price Family Sacred Singers - OKeh 40796
I Went Down Into The Garden/Ship Of Glory - recorded March 27, 1927
Another group likely from the Atlanta area, as that is where it was recorded.

W.F. Narmour & S.W. Smith - OKeh 45242
Captain George, Has Your Money Come?/The Sunny Waltz - recorded February 15, 1928
Here is some of the oddest fiddle music ever recorded in my opinion. They are great, but do some things that today is mighty uncommon. Extra notes or beats in a line of music, or dropped beats in a measure etc. I really can`t believe that no company has ever issued their complete recordings.

Billy Golden/??? - Standard Disc Record A295 (I believe this would have been made from Columbia masters)
Turkey In The Straw/Why Don`t You Write When You Don`t Need Money - likely recorded between 1905 &1910-ish
CAUTION---this is an old "coon song" record. if you are offended by such material, please do not listen to this disc.
On the first side we have the delightful Billy Golden rendering his wonderfully ridiculous Turkey In The Straw. I know I`ve posted Billy Golden Turkey In The Straws before, but he recorded it for many different companies and each version has some variations in them.
I have no idea who the artist is on the other tune. I will never understand why they issued records with no artist credit, unless it was to dodge royalties, which were not a common practice at the time anyhow. Most artist in this era were payed a per side payment instead of royalties on disc sales.

John McGhee (as Jesse Oakley) - Supertone 9674
When The Harvest Days Are Over Jessie Dear/You`re Welcome As The Flowers In May - recorded February 3, 1930
Two old love songs. John McGhee recorded many, many sides. Most were either gospel type tunes or old songs of the type on this disc.

Billy Golden & Joe Hughes/Steve Porter - Victor 16141
Shipmates/Flanagan On A Farm - likely recorded around the late teens
CAUTION---side one is an old "coon comedy" and the other side is an Irish type comedy.
Billy Golden was mentioned above. Steve Porter was a comedian that usually performed as an Irishman. Such stereotypical comedy is taboo now but was very common from the mid 1800`s up into the 1920`s.

Rev. J.M. Gates - Victor 20365
Just As Soon as My Feet Strike Zion, Lord I Won`t Be Troubled No More/Adam And Eve In The Garden - likely recorded around 1927
A great preaching record by Rev. Gates. He recorded MANY discs and must have been popular.

Hilo Hawaiian Orchestra - Victor 21465
My Hula Love/Kawaihau Waltz - likely recorded about 1928
A couple of good Hawaiian numbers. Hawaiian songs were extremely popular from about 1900 on into the 1940`s.

Biltmore Kalaluhi Hawaiian Orchestra - Columbia A-2200
Medley Of Hawaiian Melodies/Kaui Kahio Medley - likely recorded around 1924
Seems every Hawaiian artist or band recorded a side called Medley Of Hawaiian Melodies. Good music.

Emry Arthur - Decca 5085
I`m Always Thinking Of You/Look Out For The Window - recorded January 17, 1935
This is a pretty rare record. Emry Arthur is likely most well known now for being the first person to record I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow, which became famous in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.

The Jenkins Family - OKeh 40214
The Church In The Wildwood/If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again - recorded August 28, 1924
Blind Andrew Jenkins was the leader of this family group. He was a blind preacher that lived in Atlanta. He wrote many gospel and topical songs in the 1920`s.

Billy Golden - OKeh 4249
Turkey In The Straw/Rabbit Hash - likely recorded in the teens.
These particular sides may not have actually been recorded by OKeh. They may have leased these sides from another company.
CAUTION---these are both "coon type" sides, performed in black dialect (but not necessarily in a racist way). Billy Golden was very well known for the performance of these two sides. They range from ridiculous to downright outrageous. There is certainly no way to describe Rabbit Hash. You just have to listen.

Van Eps-Banta Dance Orchestra - Pathe 20087
Pretty Baby/Teasing The Cat - likely recorded 1915-1920-ish
Two classic style banjo numbers. Fun stuff to listen to.

Click here to download My 78`s #6

Wayne Raney LP - The Big 18 (or...We Need A Lot More Of Jesus)

Here is a good Wayne Raney LP that had been re-issued on the Old Homestead label. I don`t know why they changed the name of the LP. Oh well---listen and enjoy.

Click here to download Wayne Raney - The Big 18 aka We Need A Lot More Of Jesus