Farewell Blues: Hot String Bands 1936-41

Farewell Blues: Hot String Bands 1936-41

     
 

Farewell Blues covers a very narrow but vital era, a five-year window when traditional string bands began making the rapid transition into Western swing. The tracks on this collection from British label Krazy Kat exhibit a fascinating hybrid of styles, from traditional Appalachian approaches to jug band and Dixieland, even pop, all with a kinetic pace and aSee more details below

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Farewell Blues covers a very narrow but vital era, a five-year window when traditional string bands began making the rapid transition into Western swing. The tracks on this collection from British label Krazy Kat exhibit a fascinating hybrid of styles, from traditional Appalachian approaches to jug band and Dixieland, even pop, all with a kinetic pace and a "hotness" that mark them as forerunners of Western swing. There are name artists here like ace fiddler Clayton McMichen of the Skillet Lickers (whose "Farewell Blues" gives this compilation its title), Texas Jim Lewis, and Al Clauser, but also several more obscure artists. The Swing Billies are a particular delight, with their tight harmonies and swinging pop sheen on "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and their everything but the kitchen sink approach on "Leavin' Home," a radically re-constructed version of "Frankie and Johnny." The sound is surprisingly good, free of the snaps and crackles that are often found on archival releases of vintage 78s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Krazy Kat
UPC:
0008637603021
catalogNumber:
30
Rank:
293301

Tracks

  1. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
  2. Fiddleobia  -  Dixieland Swingsters
  3. Keep Truckin'  -  Hi Neighbor Boys
  4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love  -  Swing Billies
  5. Whoa, Mule, Whoa
  6. Happy Cowboy
  7. Buckaroo Stomp
  8. I'm So Alone With the Crowd  - Ambrose Haley
  9. Union County  -  Hugh & Shug
  10. Japanese Sandman
  11. Tennessee Swing
  12. You're Gonna Be Sorry
  13. Guitar Fantasy  -  Hi Neighbour Boys
  14. Leavin' Home  -  Swing Billies
  15. Little Red Piggy
  16. Let's Incorporate  -  Washboard Wonders
  17. Sweet Irene from Illinois  -  Sons Of The Ozarks
  18. Crawdad Song
  19. Has Anybody Seen My Gal  - Jack Pierce
  20. It's Hard  - Eldon Baker
  21. Honeysuckle Blues  - Slim Johnson
  22. Big Fat Gal of Mine  - Carl Boling
  23. Tonight You Belong to Me
  24. Huckleberry Picnic
  25. Farewell Blues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Wallace   Banjo
Red Mitchell   Guitar
John Gorman   Clarinet
Cecil Campbell   Banjo,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Wade Ray   Fiddle
Harvey Ellington   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Billy Byrd   Guitar
Jerry Collins   Piano
David Durham   Fiddle
Joel Forrester   Bass
Clayton McMichen   Fiddle,Vocals
Kenny Newton   Fiddle
Smokey Rogers   Guitar,Vocals
Edgar Stewart   Guitar,Vocals
Kelland Clark   Accordion
Jimmy Colvard   Bass,Steel Guitar
Paul Rice   Guitar
Harold Hensley   Fiddle
Donald Austin   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Harry Blair   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Claude Casey   Guitar,Vocals
Carl Cotner   Fiddle
Hugh Cross   Guitar,Vocals
Shug Fisher   Bass
Howdy Forrester   Fiddle
Jack Gillette   Fiddle,Trumpet
Dick Hartman   Guitar,Leader
Texas Jim Lewis   Bass,Vocals
Tex Martin   Guitar,Vocals
Allen Massey   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Curt Massey   Fiddle,Trumpet,Vocals
Louise Massey   Vocal Harmony
Fred "Happy" Morris   Bass
Jack Pierce   Fiddle
Hoke Rice   Guitar
Reid Summey   Guitar
Larry Wellington   Piano,Accordion
Ralph Miller   Mandolin
Ray Williams   Guitar
Cotton Collins   Fiddle,Vocals
Eldon Baker   Leader
Slim Bryant   Guitar
Clauser   Guitar,Vocals
Cactus Soldi   Fiddle
Teddy Wilson & His Sextet   Fiddle
Pappy Wolfe   Washboard
Slim Wofford   Guitar,Vocals
Smoky Wiseman   Fiddle
Chuck Wiseman   Fiddle
Virgil Atkins   Banjo
Floyd Baker   Guitar,Vocals
Pee Wee Baker   Guitar,Vocals
Elmer Warren   Fiddle,Kazoo
Kenneth Trietsch   Guitar
Luke Baucom   Mandolin
Carl Boling   Guitar
Larry Brandt   Accordion
Loppy Bryant   Bass
Jesse Carpenter   Steel Guitar
Harold Compton   Accordion
Bill Thall   Clarinet
Warren Sykes   Harmonica
Cliff Stier   Bass
Larry Downing   Guitar
Farrell "Rusty" Draper   Guitar,Vocals
Mack Eargle   Bass
Curly Engel   Guitar,Vocals
Debs Mays   Guitar,Vocals
Brownie Reynolds   Bass
Harry Adams   Guitar
Curly Burleson   Bass
Earl Carr   Bass
Ted Grantham   Fiddle
Slim Johnson   Guitar
Robert Knight   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Stanley   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Charlie Poole   Vocal Arrangements
Charlie Crump   Remastering
Dave Sax   Concept,Remastering
Kevin Coffey   Concept,Annotation
Clarence Gaskill   Composer

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