Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1 [2000]

Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1 [2000]

     
 

Radio dealt a serious blow to the recording industry in the early '20s, bringing music into everyone's home for free. Radio came to Nashville in 1923, but it wasn't until 1925 when WSL started the Grand Old Opry. Early performers lived in the surrounding area and usually played the program free of charge. Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1 captures the energySee more details below

Overview

Radio dealt a serious blow to the recording industry in the early '20s, bringing music into everyone's home for free. Radio came to Nashville in 1923, but it wasn't until 1925 when WSL started the Grand Old Opry. Early performers lived in the surrounding area and usually played the program free of charge. Nashville Early String Bands, Vol. 1 captures the energy and wildness of those early days. A variety of known and lesser-known artists appear here, from Uncle Dave Macon to the Arthur Smith Trio. Dr. Humphrey Bates sings the hilariously outrageous "My Wife Died Saturday Night" that carries the refrain, "My wife died Saturday night, Sunday she was buried, Monday was my courting day, and Tuesday I got married." Sam McGee praises his favorite automobile in the bouncy "Chevrolet Car" (he tried unsuccessfully to interest Chevrolet in the song's advertisement value) and the Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers sing the excellent "I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows" and "Give Me Back My Fifteen Cent." The Arthur Smith Trio's out of the ordinary "Stood on the Bridge at Midnight" finds the narrator at the bridge with the moon in the sky and the water rushing down below him. While the reason for his sorrow is never clear, the imagery catches his mood perfectly. The detailed liner notes provide good information about the performers and provide a sense of the early Opry's history. While certain cuts on this collection are scratchy, the overall quality is very good. These recordings offer a fine look at country music's roots, complete with fiddles and banjos, untrained singers, and traditional songs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
County Records
UPC:
0009001352125
catalogNumber:
3521

Tracks

  1. Green Backed Dollar Bill  -  Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters
  2. Railroadin' and Gamblin'
  3. Robertson County
  4. I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows
  5. Sugar Tree Stomp
  6. Salt Lake City Blues
  7. Candy Girl
  8. Eighth of January  -  Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters
  9. I'm Goin' Away in the Morn  - Uncle Dave Macon
  10. Fiddler's Dream
  11. Chevrolet Car
  12. Give Me Back My Fifteen Cents
  13. Throw the Old Cow over the Fence  -  Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters
  14. Charming Bill  -  Sam
  15. Old Joe  - Sid Harkreader
  16. Stone Rag
  17. Stood on the Bridge at Midnight
  18. My Wife Died Saturday Night  -  Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters
  19. Oh Baby, You Done Me Wrong

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Banjo,Vocals
Sam McGee   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
McGee Brothers   Track Performer
Kirk McGee   Fiddle,Vocals
Jack Jackson   Guitar,Vocals
Bunt Stevens   Track Performer
Oscar Albright   Bowed Bass
Humphrey Bate and the Possum Hunters   Track Performer
Amos Binkley   Banjo
Gale Binkley   Fiddle
Alton Delmore   Guitar
Rabon Delmore   Guitar (Tenor)
Roy Hardison   Banjo
Oscar Stone   Fiddle
Stanley Walton   Guitar
Paul Warmack   Mandolin
Binkley Brothers' Clodhoppers   Track Performer
Arthur Smith Trio   Track Performer
Paul Warmack & His Gully Jumpers   Track Performer
Grady Moore   Guitar
Sid Harkreader   Fiddle
Uncle Macon Dave & His Fruit Jar Guzzlers   Track Performer
Mazy Todd   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Uncle Dave Macon   Composer
Charles K. Wolfe   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Smith   Composer

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