Classic Sides 1924-1938

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Born less than half-a-decade after the end of the Civil War and performing well into the 1950s, Uncle Dave Macon was the link between the original roots of modern country music and the next generation of performers led by the Carter Family. Although Macon did not begin his professional career until the 1920s, much of his repertoire consisted of songs he must have first heard as a young man in Tennessee, including blackface minstrel tunes, gospel, work songs, comic banjo workouts, and traditional folk tunes like his early signature song "Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy." Presented chronologically from Macon's first 1924 sessions on the Vocalion label until the end of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Born less than half-a-decade after the end of the Civil War and performing well into the 1950s, Uncle Dave Macon was the link between the original roots of modern country music and the next generation of performers led by the Carter Family. Although Macon did not begin his professional career until the 1920s, much of his repertoire consisted of songs he must have first heard as a young man in Tennessee, including blackface minstrel tunes, gospel, work songs, comic banjo workouts, and traditional folk tunes like his early signature song "Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy." Presented chronologically from Macon's first 1924 sessions on the Vocalion label until the end of the '30s, his most prolific period, this is the only Uncle Dave Macon the casual listener needs. As a rule, Macon's sporadic later recordings are much weaker reiterations of songs covered on this set. The 100 tracks on the four-disc Classic Sides 1924-1938 are sort of like the country version of Charley Patton's Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: this isn't so much country music as it is the raw material from which country music was formed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065772925
  • Catalog Number: 7729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (2:31)
  2. 2 Down by the River (3:07)
  3. 3 Run (2:59)
  4. 4 Old Dan Tucker (3:01)
  5. 5 Station Will Be Changed After a While (3:20)
  6. 6 Going Across the Sea (2:52)
  7. 7 Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine (3:01)
  8. 8 All Go Hungry Hash House (3:19)
  9. 9 Old Ship of Zion (3:05)
  10. 10 Rise When the Rooster Crows (3:02)
  11. 11 Way Down the Old Plank Road (2:57)
  12. 12 The Bible's True (3:01)
  13. 13 Late Last Night When My Willie Comes Home (2:58)
  14. 14 I've Got the Morning Blues (2:50)
  15. 15 Death of John Henry (Steel Driving Man) (2:58)
  16. 16 On the Dixie Bee Line (In That Henry Ford of Mine) (2:54)
  17. 17 Whoop 'Em Up Cindy (2:52)
  18. 18 Only as Far as the Gate Dear Ma (2:59)
  19. 19 Poor Sinners, Fare You Well (3:01)
  20. 20 Old Ties (3:01)
  21. 21 We Are Up Against It Now (3:14)
  22. 22 Uncle Dave's Beloved Solo (3:05)
  23. 23 The Old Man's Drunk Again (2:57)
  24. 24 Stop That Knocking at My Door (2:49)
  25. 25 Sassy Sam (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sourwood Mountain Medley (2:57)
  2. 2 Deliverance Will Come (2:46)
  3. 3 Wouldn't Give Me Sugar in My Coffee (2:45)
  4. 4 Kissin' on the Sly (2:56)
  5. 5 Hold Onto the Sleigh (3:08)
  6. 6 The Cross-Eyed Butcher and the Cacklin' Hen (2:58)
  7. 7 Arcade Blues (2:58)
  8. 8 Diamond in the Rough (2:59)
  9. 9 Sho' Fly, Don't Bother Me (2:51)
  10. 10 Bake That Chicken Pie (3:03)
  11. 11 Rock About My Saro Jane (3:22)
  12. 12 Tell Her to Come Back Home (3:03)
  13. 13 Hold That Woodpile Down (2:59)
  14. 14 Carve That Possum (2:57)
  15. 15 Hop High Ladies, The Cake's All Dough (3:02)
  16. 16 Sail Away Ladies (2:56)
  17. 17 I'm A-Goin' Away in the Morn (3:08)
  18. 18 Sleepy Lou (3:08)
  19. 19 Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm (3:10)
  20. 20 Walk Tom Wilson, Walk (3:01)
  21. 21 I's Gwine Back to Dixie (3:08)
  22. 22 Go Along Mule (3:02)
  23. 23 Tom and Jerry (3:02)
  24. 24 Rabbit in the Pea Patch (2:59)
  25. 25 Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb (3:03)
  2. 2 Maple on the Hill (3:16)
  3. 3 Walking in the Sunlight (3:04)
  4. 4 Shall We Gather at the River (3:28)
  5. 5 Molly Married a Traveling Man (3:06)
  6. 6 When Reubin Comes to Town (2:59)
  7. 7 You've Been a Friend to Me (3:10)
  8. 8 More Like Your Dad Every Day (3:05)
  9. 9 I'll Never Go There Any More (The Bowery) (3:02)
  10. 10 From Earth to Heaven (3:10)
  11. 11 Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line (3:13)
  12. 12 Worthy of Estimation (2:52)
  13. 13 I'm the Child to Fight (2:59)
  14. 14 Over the Road I'm Bound to Go (2:59)
  15. 15 The New Ford Car (3:05)
  16. 16 The Gal That Got Stuck on Everything She Said (2:53)
  17. 17 Comin' Round the Mountain (3:11)
  18. 18 Governor Al Smith (3:06)
  19. 19 Darling Zelma Lee (2:53)
  20. 20 Life and Death of Jesse James (2:57)
  21. 21 Man That Rode the Mule Around the World (2:54)
  22. 22 Tennessee Jubilee (2:57)
  23. 23 For Goodness Sakes Don't Say I Told You So (2:57)
  24. 24 Susie Lee (2:51)
  25. 25 Farm Relief (3:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 3 (In and Around Nashville) (2:52)
  2. 2 Since Baby's Learned to Talk (3:11)
  3. 3 Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 4 (Visit at the Old Maid's) (3:20)
  4. 4 Over the Mountain (2:54)
  5. 5 Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 1 (Misery in Arkansas) (2:52)
  6. 6 Uncle Dave's Travels, Pt. 2 (Around Louisville, Kentucky) (3:16)
  7. 7 Tennessee Red Fox Chase (3:16)
  8. 8 Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train (3:11)
  9. 9 Oh Baby, You Done Me Wrong (3:07)
  10. 10 She's Got the Money Too (3:24)
  11. 11 Mysteries of the World (3:13)
  12. 12 He's Up With the Angels Now (2:54)
  13. 13 When the Harvest Days Are Over (3:03)
  14. 14 I'll Tickle Nancy (2:56)
  15. 15 I'll Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (2:43)
  16. 16 All in Down and Out Blues (2:31)
  17. 17 Honest Confession Is Good for the Soul (2:54)
  18. 18 The Bum Hotel (2:31)
  19. 19 Two in One, Chewing Gum (2:58)
  20. 20 Country Ham and Red Gravy (2:52)
  21. 21 Summertime on the Beeno Line (3:10)
  22. 22 Peek - A - Boo (3:11)
  23. 23 My Daughter Wished to Marry (2:28)
  24. 24 Cumberland Mountain Deer Race (2:49)
  25. 25 The Gayest Old Dude That's Out (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uncle Dave Macon Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals
Sam McGee Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
McGee Brothers Vocals
Kirk McGee Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Alton Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Rabon Delmore Guitar, Vocals
Sid Harkreader Guitar, Vocals
Mazy Todd Fiddle
Smoky Mountain Glenn Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Uncle Dave Macon Composer
Daniel Decatur Emmett Composer
William Shakespeare Hays Composer
Joseph Harris Composer
Robert Lowry Composer
Billy Carter Composer
Thomas P. Westendorf Composer
Percy Gaunt Composer
Traditional Composer
Elisha A. Hoffman Composer
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Gussie Davis Composer
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