Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps and Blues: Vintage Mandolin Music 1927-1946

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This sprightly compilation from Document Records collects 24 vintage 78s recorded between 1927 and 1946 that feature the mandolin in a variety of settings, from blues to gospel, played by an assortment of jug, string, and hokum bands. There's a ton of energy here, and fans of the instrument will love this set, although the casual listener may find it a little repetitive. Highlights include "State Street Rag" by the great Louie Bluie, a fluid version of "Lint Head Stomp" by Phebel Wright, the classic "Milk Cow Blues" featuring the mandolin playing of Yank Rachell by Sleepy John Estes, a jaunty "Jackson Stomp" by the Mississippi Mud Steppers, and the season-hopping "You Got...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This sprightly compilation from Document Records collects 24 vintage 78s recorded between 1927 and 1946 that feature the mandolin in a variety of settings, from blues to gospel, played by an assortment of jug, string, and hokum bands. There's a ton of energy here, and fans of the instrument will love this set, although the casual listener may find it a little repetitive. Highlights include "State Street Rag" by the great Louie Bluie, a fluid version of "Lint Head Stomp" by Phebel Wright, the classic "Milk Cow Blues" featuring the mandolin playing of Yank Rachell by Sleepy John Estes, a jaunty "Jackson Stomp" by the Mississippi Mud Steppers, and the season-hopping "You Got Me Rollin'" by the Carolina Peanut Boys. Another gem is the wonderfully titled "Going Away to Make It Lonesome Here" by the Nashville Washboard Band, which features some particularly odd, cartoonish percussion. In essence Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps and Blues is a capsule history of early American mandolin playing, and the vitality and good humor of this collection should brighten any day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Document
  • UPC: 714298322033
  • Catalog Number: 32203
  • Sales rank: 86,845

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 State Street Rag (2:46)
  2. 2 Hokum Blues (3:25)
  3. 3 Lint Head Stomp (2:36)
  4. 4 You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back - Carolina Peanut Boys (3:04)
  5. 5 Easy Winner - The Blue Boys (2:54)
  6. 6 Milk Cow Blues - Sleepy John Estes (3:02)
  7. 7 Whatcha Doin'? - Sleepy John Estes (3:03)
  8. 8 Dallas Rag (2:56)
  9. 9 Flop Eared Mule - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:57)
  10. 10 I Shall Wear a Crown - Arizona Dranes (3:26)
  11. 11 Jackson Stomp (3:09)
  12. 12 Brown Mama Blues (3:08)
  13. 13 Two White Horses in a Line (2:51)
  14. 14 Carbolic Rag (3:16)
  15. 15 Rising Sun Blues (3:09)
  16. 16 Prater Blues - Johnson Boys (3:11)
  17. 17 You Got Me Rollin' - Carolina Peanut Boys (2:31)
  18. 18 Arkansas Traveller - The Nashville Washboard Band (2:07)
  19. 19 Going Away to Make It Lonesome Here - The Nashville Washboard Band (3:53)
  20. 20 Hawkins' Rag - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:52)
  21. 21 The Little Red Caboose Behind the Train - Paul Warmack (2:55)
  22. 22 Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Al Miller & His Market Street Boys (2:47)
  23. 23 Old Hen Cackle - Arthur McClain (2:43)
  24. 24 Jug Rag (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bo Carter Guitar
Gid Tanner Banjo
Sam Harris Guitar, Vocals
Sam Jones Pipe, Vocals
Frank Melrose Piano
Riley Puckett Guitar
Ishman Bracey Guitar, Vocals
Ted Bogan Guitar
Charlie Burse Guitar
Nap Hayes Guitar
Coley Jones Mandolin, Vocals
Jab Jones Piano, Jug
James Kelly Mandolin
Arthur McClain Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Al Miller Mandolin, Vocals
Charlie "Bozo" Nickerson Harmonica, Vocals
Vol Stevens Mandolin, Vocals
Marco Washington Vocals, String Bass
Charley Arrington Fiddle
Roy Hardison Banjo
Charles Hurt Mandolin
Burt Hutcherson Guitar
Gordon Tanner Fiddle
Paul Warmack Mandolin
Arizona Dranes Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
Shelby David "Tex" Achinson Violin
Matthew Prater Mandolin
Louie Bluie Mandolin
James "Yank" Rachel Mandolin
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Jack "Happy Jack" Taylor Bass
Phebel Wright Mandolin
Estil Stewart String Bass
Junior Morgan Guitar
"Dude" Mandolin
Frank Dalton Guitar
Tom Carrol Bass Fiddle
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Al Miller Composer
Gary Atkinson Executive Producer, Cover Art
Unidentified Prisoner Composer
Traditional Composer
Paul Swinton Producer
Doctor Richard Cherry Liner Notes
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