My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
A disc of classic recordings is a rarity, but that's exactly what this is. Some of the performers are well known people, like Clarence Ashley, Dock Boggs, Uncle Dave Macon, and Tommy Johnson. Others, like the Haywood County Ramblers, are far from household names, but that doesn't mean their songs are lesser creations. And these ballads of bad men, hell raisers, violence, and drinking are the stuff of legends, like "Frankie" by the Dykes Magic City Trio, a version of "Frankie and Johnny" by a group reminiscent of the Carter Family. It's interesting that the performers on these songs from the '20s and '30s are both black and white, and the music sounds remarkably similar --...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
A disc of classic recordings is a rarity, but that's exactly what this is. Some of the performers are well known people, like Clarence Ashley, Dock Boggs, Uncle Dave Macon, and Tommy Johnson. Others, like the Haywood County Ramblers, are far from household names, but that doesn't mean their songs are lesser creations. And these ballads of bad men, hell raisers, violence, and drinking are the stuff of legends, like "Frankie" by the Dykes Magic City Trio, a version of "Frankie and Johnny" by a group reminiscent of the Carter Family. It's interesting that the performers on these songs from the '20s and '30s are both black and white, and the music sounds remarkably similar -- a clear indication that prejudice didn't extend everywhere at the time, and that music was colorblind. From a time when American rural song was still a strong musical force -- before Tin Pan Alley and commercialization had changed everything -- "Little Sadie" and "Viola Lee Blues" come across the years with complete crispness, while the banjo style of Dock Boggs can be heard as an influence on so many who followed. But these pieces also come from the cusp, when urban culture was about to take over, and songs like the Allen Brothers' "Prisoner's Dream" would be replaced by other tunes. In fact, the one piece here that offers any kind of continuity is a version of "Stack-O-Lee" from the Fruit Jar Guzzlers, although their version seems hopelessly naïve and country compared to others that would come later. This is, as it's meant to be, a collection that's very much of its place and time. But since they both represent a crossroad, it's a great place and perfect time in the development of American music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351203922
  • Catalog Number: 2039
  • Sales rank: 147,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tell It to Me - Grant Brothers & Their Music (2:57)
  2. 2 Little Sadie - Clarence Ashley (2:51)
  3. 3 Bad Luck Dice (3:17)
  4. 4 Way Up On Clinch Mountain (3:12)
  5. 5 Frankie - Dykes Magic City Trio (2:59)
  6. 6 Canned Heat Blues (3:40)
  7. 7 Got the Jake Leg Too - The Ray Brothers (2:57)
  8. 8 Country Blues (3:02)
  9. 9 Kentucky Blues - Little Hat Jones (3:13)
  10. 10 Prisoner's Dream - Allen Brothers (2:49)
  11. 11 John Hardy - Sweet Brothers (3:09)
  12. 12 Better Leave That Stuff Alone (3:25)
  13. 13 Way Down The Old Plank Road (2:59)
  14. 14 The Fate Of Talmedge Osborn - Kahle Brewer (3:14)
  15. 15 Viola Lee Blues (3:12)
  16. 16 Rock House Gamblers - The McClung Brothers (3:05)
  17. 17 Dupree Blues - Willie Walker (3:30)
  18. 18 All Bound Down (3:00)
  19. 19 Low Down Rounder Blues (3:17)
  20. 20 Stack-O-Lee (3:18)
  21. 21 My Crime Blues - Barefoot Bill (2:51)
  22. 22 Jesse James (3:28)
  23. 23 Chain Gang Special (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cannon's Jug Stompers Track Performer
Tommy Johnson Track Performer
Uncle Dave Macon Track Performer
Dock Boggs Track Performer
Clifford Gibson Track Performer
Allen Brothers Track Performer
Ernest V. Stoneman Track Performer
Sam McGee Track Performer
Thomas "Snake" Johnson Track Performer
Will Shade Track Performer
Willie Walker Track Performer
Ken Maynard Track Performer
Peg Leg Howell Track Performer
Clarence Ashley Track Performer
Haywood County Ramblers Track Performer
Fruit Jar Guzzlers Track Performer
Watts & Wilson Track Performer
Jilson Setters Track Performer
Sweet Brothers Track Performer
Dykes Magic City Trio Track Performer
Kahle Brewer Track Performer
Barefoot Bill Track Performer
Technical Credits
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Marcus Roberts Composer
Dock Boggs Composer
Roy Book Binder Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Don Kent Liner Notes
Richard Nevins Producer, Remastering
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
Joan Pelosi Booklet Design
Charles Wolfe Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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