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


  1. I was just wondering if you're OK, or if real life was just keeping you from posting.

    1. I just haven`t got enough time right now seems like. Also, I`ve got the archive tore all up needing to build shelves, a fall and winter project I`m thinking.

    2. Sorry to hear that you don't have the time, but glad that you're OK. Got a little worried when we hadn't heard from you.


    Thank you greatly for taking the time and effort to share your love of music with us.

    Your generosity is very much appreciated.

    A multitude of knowledge that has been gained through exposure to your blogspot.

    Thank you.

    All the very best for 2017.


    Douglas (UK)

    1. Thanks for the kind words! Happy New Year and good luck to you!